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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

Michaelmas Term 2014

Friday 10:30am - 12:30pm (unless otherwise stated)
Seligman Library (OLD 6.05) Old Building, LSE

Friday seminar programme

10 October

Martin Holbraad (UCL)
How myths make men in Afro-Cuban divination

17 October

Joel Robbins (Cambridge)
Where in the World are Values? Exemplarity, Morality, and
Social Process

24 October  

Smadar Lavie (Berkeley)
The Divinities of State and Chance: Bureaucratic torture and the Mizrahi single mother

31 October

Henrike Donner (Oxford Brookes) 
Daughters are like sons now: Neoliberalism, property and gender in Kolkata middle-class families

7 November

Jamie Furniss (Edinburgh)
Reverse NIMBY-ism: Struggles over access to waste in Cairo

14 November

Jovan Lewis (LSE)
Criminal and Digital Mobilities in Jamaican Lotto Scamming

21 November

Johanna Whiteley (LSE)
The ancestral mediation of identity: dynamics of matrilineal continuity in the rural Central Solomon Islands

28 November

Caroline Humphrey (Cambridge) 
Manoeuvring in other people’s space: a minor geography in contemporary Russia

5 December 

David Graeber (LSE) & David Wengrow (UCL)
Bands, Tribes, and Chiefdoms no longer: seasonality and social inequality in the Palaeolithic and Beyond

12 December

Fenella Cannell (LSE)
A Book of Remembrance: making American Mormon family history

For further information about these Research Seminars on Anthropological Theory please contact Charles Stafford (C.Stafford@lse.ac.uk|).

Austronesia Research Seminar

Michaelmas Term 2014

Thursdays 5:30pm-7:00pm
Room 3.02, Tower 2, LSE

The purpose of this seminar is to bring together scholars from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to share their research and expertise of the Austronesian speaking-world (including Madagascar, Indonesia, the Philippines, indigenous Taiwan and much of the Pacific), through a variety of mediums, including paper presentations, documentaries, and analysis of art and music forms. The seminar aims to drive theoretical and ethnographic discussions and to build greater awareness of the diversity of research being carried out in this region. It aims to build a forum in which researchers can reflect on, and be inspired by, future directions and interrelations within Austronesian studies.

PhD students and recent graduates are welcome.

The LSE Austronesia Research Seminar Facebook group| provides more details about the seminar.

Austronesia Research Seminar Programme
13 November  Xandra Miguel-Lorenzo (LSE)
Sharing feelings is more than sharing knowledge: mana and counselling at the Sisterhoods of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, Solomon Islands
4  December Jas Kaur (SOAS)
Towards an Anthropology of Coups in Fiji
11 December Beata Switek (UCL)

For further information about this seminar series, please contact Xandra Miguel-Lorenzo (L.A.Miguel-Lorenzo@lse.ac.uk|, Chris Martin (C.A.Martin@lse.ac.uk|) or Dominik Schieder (d.schieder@lse.ac.uk|). 

The London Latin American Seminar Series: 2014/2015

"Crisis and Ideologies of Domination"

You are warmly invited to this year's London Latin America Seminar Series LLASS). Under the guiding theme of "Crisis and Ideologies of Domination”, the seminar provides a space for the exploration of up and coming interdisciplinary research in the region, including work from advanced doctoral students and early career scholars. The seminar series is organised by postgraduate students from anthropology departments at UCL, LSE, and Goldsmiths in conjunction with ILAS. It is open to the public and we encourage anyone with an interest in Latin America to attend.

When?  Fortnightly
Venue: Room 246 (second floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU 

Latin American Seminar Series
6 November      Matt Wilde (LSE/ ILAS)
Utopian Disjunctures: Popular Democracy and the "Communal State" in Urban Venezuela
20 November Amy Penfield (LSE):
The Machete: mediating fearlessness and fear among the Sanema of Venezuelan Amazonia
4 December Juan Grigera (UCL- IA)
Use, abuse and potential of concept of deindustrialization: a case-study of Argentina

Contact Details
Agustin Diz, LSE (a.diz@lse.ac.uk|)
Agathe Faure, UCL (agathef.24@gmail.com|)
Jasmin Immonen, Goldsmiths (jasmin.immonen@gmail.com|)

ILAS Coordinator:
Dr. Heike Schaumberg (heikes1@gmail.com|

South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA) Seminar Series

Michaelmas Term 2014

Tuesday 5.30pm Seligman Library (OLD 6.05), Old Building, LSE

The aim of this seminar series is to create a forum for anthropologists working on issues related to SWANA [South West Asia and North Africa] to present and discuss work in progress. We also want to use the seminar as a platform, where events, talks, calls for papers and other relevant information can be shared.

The format of the seminar is for doctoral students, early career researchers, and SWANA scholars to present their work-in-progress to other anthropologists with similar regional expertise, in a critical, yet unintimidating and supportive, small-scale milieu. 


18 November

Ryvka Bernard (NYU)
Alternative Tourism in the West Bank--Alternative to What?

25 November


Carl Rommel (SOAS)
The ruins that remained: Exploring football's (in)ability to foster emotional normality in the midst of Egypt's revolutionary process

2 December (TBC)


Karin Ahlberg (SOAS)
The revolution won't be marketed: battles of images in the passing of the Egyptian revolution

The seminars are open to the public and we encourage anyone with an interest in South West Asia and North Africa and/or anthropology to attend. For further information about this seminar series, please contact Philip Proudfoot (p.j.proudfoot@lse.ac.uk|)