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The department runs a number of seminar series and lectures throughout the Michaelmas, Lent and Summer terms. This year we have had several regional and thematic seminar series. We also have a time-honoured weekly Research Seminar on Anthropological Theory, which has been the venue for cutting-edge, intensive debate on current research in the discipline since Malinowski's time at the LSE. You are welcome and encouraged to attend all departmental seminars.

We also hold the annual Malinowski Memorial Lecture which, unlike most named lectures, is awarded to outstanding anthropologists at an early stage of their career. Recent lectures have been given by Dr Joshua Barker (2009),  Dr Rane Willerslev (2010), Dr Tobias Kelly (2011), Dr Alpa Shah (2012) and Dr Andrew Beatty (2013).

In addition to these events we hold occasional Ethnographic film showings on a diverse range of topics.

All events are open to the public on a first come, first served basis where space is limited unless otherwise stated.

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Seminar Series

All events are free and open to all unless otherwise stated.

Research Seminar on Anthropological Theory

Summer Term 2016

Friday 10:30am - 12:30pm
Seligman Library (OLD 6.05) Old Building

Friday seminar programme

29 April  

David Graeber
The People as Nursemaids of the King: notes on monarchs as children, women's uprisings, and the return of the ancestral dead in central Madagascar

6 May

Yunxiang Yan
Positive Ramifications of Negative Reciprocity: New Developments of Gift Exchange in Rural North China

13 May

Dan Smer Yu
Trans-Himalayan Buddhist Secularities: Tibet Card, Geostrategies and Post-Dalai Lama Scenarios

20 May

Geoff Hughes
Towards an Anthropological Theory of Envy: Insights from Middle Eastern Ethnography

27 May

Chris Martin 
School Pageants and Educational Spectacle in the Philippines

3 June

Ryan Davey
“You can’t argue with them”: domination in the time of debt in England

10 June

Catherine Allerton (LSE) 
Contested Statelessness in Sabah, Malaysia: Documentary Pragmatism, Moral Claims and Public Discourse on 'Illegals'

(For further information about these Research Seminars on Anthropological Theory please contact Deborah James (D.A.James@lse.ac.uk).

Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series @ ILAS

Lent Term 2016

Institute of Latin American Studies,Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

This bi-weekly seminar serves as a forum for PhD candidates and early career researchers to share and discuss their ethnographic research on any aspect relating to the Latin American region. It is organised jointly by LSE, Goldsmiths, and the Institute of Latin American Studies and is held on Thursdays from 17:30 to 19:30. Next term’s sessions include:

Latin American Seminar Series
28 January
Room 234
Louisa Acciari (LSE)
Domestic workers’ mobilizations in Brazil and the struggle for labour rights
11 February
Room 234

Jessica Hope (University of Cambridge)
Extractive Agendas versus Environmentalism: Mobilizing Indigeneity and Conservation for the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), Bolivia
25 February
Room 234

Natalia Garcia Bonet   (University of Kent)
Local Perceptions of Bureaucracy and the State among the Pemon of La Gran Sabana: The Many Vicissitudes of Filing a Form
10 March
Room 34
(Gordon Room)
Jenna Murray de López (University of Salford)
Power, Resistance and Resignation: Narratives of Obstetric Violence in Chiapas

For any queries or expressions of interest to participate in the seminar, you can contact any of the seminar convenors:

Agustin Diz (a.diz@lse.ac.uk)
Clate Korsant (anp02ck@gold.ac.uk)
Angus McNelly (a.mcnelly@qmul.ac.uk)
Agathe Faure (agathef.24@gmail.com)
Ainhoa Montoya (ainhoa.montoya@sas.ac.uk)


Contentious Politics Workshop Series

Lent Term 2016 

The LSE Contentious Politics Doctoral Workshop provides a space for faculty and graduate students in London working on issues related to contentious politics, broadly defined. We welcome all those engaged in the study of contentious politics, which includes topics such as: social movements, popular mobilisation, labour activism, popular resistance, ‘weapons of the weak’, collective action, armed struggle and revolution. The workshop’s activities include the presentation of ongoing work by research students and faculty and a reading group to discuss a pre-agreed text.

21 January 
1:00-2:00 pm
OLD 1.29*

Birgan Gokmenoglu
(LSE, Sociology)
Between Contention and Autonomy: A case study in the aftermath of the Gezi Movement
28 January
1:00-2:00 pm OLD 1.29*

Reading Group: Gould, D., 2003. Passionate political processes: bringing emotions back into the study of social movements. Rethinking Social Movements: Structure, Meaning and Emotion. Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, pp.155-175.
4 February
1:00-2:00 pm OLD 1.29*
Jason Hickel (LSE, Anthropology) 
Explaining right-wing politics in South Africa: A cultural approach
11 February
1:00-2:00 pm OLD 1.29*
Reading Group: Gould, R.V., 1995. Insurgent identities: Class, community, and protest in Paris from 1848 to the Commune. University of Chicago Press, pp. 1-31.
18 February Reading Week - no workshop meeting
25 February
1:00-2:00 pm OLD 1.29*
Julia Zulver (Oxford, Sociology) 
High Risk Feminism in Latin America: Women’s Mobilisation in Violent Contexts 
3 March 
1:00-2:00 pm OLD 1.29*
Reading Group: Fantasia, R., 1989. Cultures of solidarity: Consciousness, action, and contemporary American workers. Univ of California Press, pp. 3-24, 82-93, 107-20.
10 March
1:00-2:00 pm OLD 1.29*
Moritz Schmoll (LSE, Government)
The moral economies of tax collectors in Egypt
17 March
1:00-2:00 pm OLD 1.29*
Reading Group: Asad, T., 1979. Anthropology and the Analysis of Ideology. Man, pp.607-627.
24 March
1:00-2:00 pm OLD 1.29*
Mattin Biglari (SOAS, History)
Communists, Contractors and "Liquid Gold": the politics of oil and the July 1946 general strike in Khuzestan

* See the campus map here. The room is somewhat difficult to find. If you encounter any problems, please enquire at the reception of the Old Building (entrance from Houghton Street). 

Additional information can be found on the workshop’s website

We kindly ask you to get in touch if you are interested in presenting your work during upcoming sessions. 

The conveners are Fuad Musallam F.M.Musallam@lse.ac.uk and Jann Boeddeling J.Boeddeling@lse.ac.uk