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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 Alpa Shah (2012),   Dr Andrew Beatty (2013), Dr Rebecca Empson (2014), Dr Harry Walker (2015) and Dr Sian Lazar (2016).

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

Michaelmas Term 2017

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

Friday seminar programme

29 September  

Liat Tuv (LSE)
‘“Dark Humour” as a Shared Language; Joking Relationships and Equality in Friendship.’

6 October

Maka Suarez (Universidad Nacional de Educacion - Ecuador)
‘Spain’s Ecuadorian Subprime Citizens: Migrant Work, Mortgage Default, and a Failed Upward Mobility.’

13 October

Alice Tilce (LSE)
‘The Art of Identity: Adivasi Art, Religion and the Indian Nation.’

20 October

Bhrigu Singh (Brown) 
‘Circuits and Fractures in the Mutuality of Being: Psychiatric Insights from a Sufi Shrine.’

27 October

Carlos David Londoño Sulkin (University of Regina)
‘A Moral Bioethnography of an Amazonian Mensch, Trickster, and Lothario'

10 November

David Gellner (Oxford)
‘Caste, Class and Culture in Contemporary Nepal’

17 November

Luisa Steur (Amsterdam)
‘Racism or "lack of respect"?: Black consciousness and sanitation workers' sense of (in)justice in post-reform Cuba.’

24 November

Hans Steinmuller (LSE)‘
Capturing People in 2017: Slavery, Adoption, and Conscription in Highland Burma.’

1 December

Massimiliano Mollona (Goldsmiths)

8 December

Nate Roberts (Gottingen)
‘Dalits and "Hegemony": Some Clarifications.’

For further information about these Research Seminars on Anthropological Theory please contact Dr Alpa Shah  (A.M.Shah@lse.ac.uk).



Anthropology of Africa Seminar Series

Lent Term 2017

All seminars take place in the Seligman Library (OLD 6.05) Old Building, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE between 4.00pm-6.00pm.

23 January 2017

Film Screening of Les Maîtres Fous (1955) by Jean Rouch

Between Ethnography and Fiction: Films by Jean Rouch in Francophone Africa
Dr Barbara Knorpp (University College London)

20 February 2017

Begging and Sharing in Kinshasa
Clara Devlieger (PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge)

'A share of my children: cash transfers, caregiving and kin relations at the Kenya South Coast'
Jacinta Muinde (PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge)

20 March 2017 

Multiple temporalities of waiting: The experiences of time among transnational Ghanaian youth in Ghana
Emma Abotsi (PhD Candidate, Department of Education, University of Oxford)

“This is my month of favour!”: Cycles of faith and projections of the future in Nigerian Pentecostalism
Juliet Gilbert (Lecturer in African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham)

’Life on hold’ during the Ebola crisis in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Jonah Lipton (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, LSE)



London Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series

Lent Term 2017

All seminars take place at 17.30 at the Senate House (Room 234, South Block, Malet Street, Lonodn, WC1E 7HU).

Thursday, 2 February 2017 

Sonya’s Place in the World: Spatial Negotiations of Class and Gender among Higglers in Jamaica, by William Tantam, ILAS

This presentation looks at spatial negotiations of class and gender in a small rural town in Jamaica. It examines how socioeconomic hierarchies are produced spatially, and specifically attends to how female market traders, or ‘higglers,’ experience their marginalisation as working-class women. I will explore the ways in which these women produce areas in which they can operate outside of formal and state institutions and locate the relationship between space, women, and the state within a wider historical perspective which traces the antagonism between higglers and the state in Jamaica to the plantation system in which female market traders first emerged. This presentation looks at the ethnography of a young higgler, Sonya, and how she locates herself within multiple, overlapping spatial levels. The paper points towards the everyday negotiations of space through which Shana experiences her place in the world, and uses such negotiations as a lens onto the contemporary Jamaican state.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Taxistas in Buenos Aires: The Contours of the Trade, by Juan Manuel del Nido, University of Manchester

This presentation is in essence ethnographic. I outline here a series of organising elements of the Buenos Aires taxi driving industry as they appeared to me during my fieldwork. Firstly, because of the unrepeatable, asymmetric and elusive character of taxi riding as an urban transaction, taxis are defined as a public service in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. This situates a number of fundamental aspects of the trade – fare, mechanisms of control, verification and scale of the industry – under the aegis of the city state. Secondly, I will look at how the fundamental relations of property (owns or does not own a car) and labour (drives for himself or drives for someone else) organise not only the political aspects of the trade, but also the economic, social, associative and recreational possibilities of taxiing in Buenos Aires today.

Thursday, 2 March 2017 

Chocolate and Politics: An Ethnographic Con-Textualisation of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, by Gwen Burnyeat, UCL

This paper carries out an ethnographic con-textualisation of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, a peasant farmer community in Urabá who declared themselves ‘neutral’ to the Colombian armed conflict in 1997. Two narratives, understood as cultural practices with historical trajectories, co-exist in their collective identity. These combine with other embodied practices of their daily life, such as their production of cocoa. The radical narrative is the frame according to which the Community interprets politics, constituted via the genealogy of a ‘rupture’ with the state and the creation of an internal logic. The organic narrative is the way in which the Community perceives their relationship to the environment and to their organisational process, associated with a concept of alternative community. Both narratives mutually engender each other in a reciprocal circularity: chocolate and politics, a binary that represents a continuum, a symbiotic cultural con-text which moulds the daily experience of the individual life of each member of the Community.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

‘My Phone is My Weapon’: Independent Media for Human Rights in Complexo do Alemão, Rio de Janeiro, by Charlotte Livingstone, Goldsmiths

Coletivo Papo Reto is an independent media collective from Complexo do Alemão, one of the largest favela complexes of Rio de Janeiro. The collective aims to produce media from and about the favela with a human rights ideology, challenging negative media stereotypes and physical and structural violence by the state. Based on collaborative ethnographic research in 2014-2015, this paper explores some of the ways in which the collective works, through a digital, collective and constantly evolving methodology, armed with little more than cell-phones and a Wi-Fi/3G connection. The Coletivo can be considered as one node in a global network of activists challenging racialized state violence who act and organised in the dialectic space between the online and the offline. Yet whilst groups such as Black Lives Matter have had some success in bringing international attention to police killings of black people in the United States, experience of grass-roots activism to draw attention to a much higher frequency of police lethal violence in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro is often met with an epidemic of indifference.

This seminar series is jointly run by the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Anthropology departments of LSE, Goldsmiths and UCL. For more information about the seminar, you can visit our blog:http://anthropologyseminarilas.blogs.sas.ac.uk



Contentious Politics Seminar Series

Lent Term 2017 



23 February 2017


CLM 5.02

Dr Fuad Musallam (LSE, Anthropology)
Lebanese Activist Claim-Making and the Materiality of Beirut’s Urban Landscape

2 March 2017


CLM 6.02

Reading Group: Amar, P. (2013).
Introduction. The Security Archipelago 

9 March 2017


CLM 6.02

Charlotte Loris-Rodionoff (UCL, Anthropology)
Syrian Local Councils: A Redefinition of Revolutionary Forms of Politics and Power 

16 March 2017


CLM 6.02

Reading Group: Federici, S. (2004)
The Great Witch Hunt in Europe, in: Caliban and the Witch, pp.163-215.

23 March 2017


CLM 6.02

Agustin Diz (LSE, Anthropology)
Complicity and Contention: Roadblocking in the Argentine Chaco

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