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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 2015

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

Friday seminar programme

2 October

Dr Mathijs Pelkmans (LSE)
What happened to Soviet atheism?

9 October

Dr Andrew Irving (University of Manchester
Everyday adventures in the land of the living

16 October

Dr Arnaud Halloy (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis)
Pierre Smith’s mind traps: the origin and ramifications of a theory of ritual efficacy

23 October

Dr Jane Parish (Keele University)
Uncanny objects and miniature models: hiding intimacy from Akan witches in New York City

30 October

Natalia Buitron-Arias (LSE)
Taming the state: predation and protection in Ecuadorian Amazonia

6 November

No Seminar (Reading Week)

13 November

Dr Naomi Leite (SOAS)
Genealogical Causality, or the Spirit of Substance: Marrano Logics of Person and Kin

20 November

Meadhbh McIvor (LSE)
(Mis)reading the law and the prophets: reflections on Christian legal activism, communicative doubt, and religious publicity in London

27 November

Prof Hansjörg Dilger (Freie Universität Berlin)
Learning morality in 'new' Christian and Muslim schools in Dar es Salaam: embodying discipline and social status in a religiously diverse city

4 December

Dr Alexandra Pillen (UCL)
The grain and the platypus

11 December

No Seminar

(For further information about these Research Seminars on Anthropological Theory please contact Nick Long (N.J.Long@lse.ac.uk).

Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series @ ILAS

Michaelmas Term 2015

Institute of Latin American Studies,Senate House, second floor, Room 234, 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
22 October

Martin Holbraad (University College London)
Inaugural lecture:  Revolutionary Personhood in Contemporary Cuba
5 November

Claudia Giannetto (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Mobilising Work and Identity in the Mayan Yucatan  
19 November

**CANCELLED **Charli Livingstone (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Race, Youth Movements, and Policing in Rio de Janeiro
3 December

Eduardo Dullo (University of São Paolo/CEBRAP)
Catholic Secularity and Politics of Social Inclusion in Brazil: Moral Pedagogies of Exemplarity and Gratuity
17 December

Martyn Wemyss (UEL)
Embodied Ghosts of Phantom Lynchings: An Anatomy of El Alto’s Hanged Puppets

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

Michaelmas Term 2015 

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.

12 November

Yasmine Laveille
(LSE, Government Department)
Local Dynamics of Popular Mobilisation and Demobilisation in Upper Egypt: Ordinary Networks, Brokers and Loyalties in the Protests against Deteriorating Public Services
19 November

Reading Group: 'A Theory of Structure: Duality, Agency, and Transformation', William H. Sewell, Jr, in 'Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation' (2005)  
26 November

Dr Andrea E. Pia (LSE, Department of Anthropology)
What Rights Can't Do: Natural Resources, Contested Development and Unmet Obligations in the Yunnanese Countryside
3 December

Reading Group: 'A Theory of the Event: Marshall Sahlins's "Possible Theory of History"', William H. Sewell, Jr, in 'Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation' (2005)
10 December

Edmund W. Cheng (LSE, Government Department)
Neither Repression nor Concession? Hybrid Regime and Strategic Toleration in Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

All sessions this term are being held in NAB 2.14 on Thursdays between 1-2pm.

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