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LSE Anthropology Department ranked first in the UK or Research Quality

We have achieved an excellent result in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF), the latest national assessment of the quality of research undertaken in the UK’s Higher Education institutions since 2008. The Department, which submitted all of its researchers to the REF, was ranked top in the UK for the quality of its research outputs. 32 per cent of that research was awarded the highest (4 star) grade, indicating that it is ‘world-leading’. A further 41 per cent was deemed ‘internationally excellent’ (3 star).

Jensen Memorial Lectures

Professor Maurice Bloch was invited to give the Jensen Memorial lectures for the Frobenius Institut| during summer term 2012. The lectures, titled Is Religion a Special Form of the Social?, took place at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt. The Jensen Memorial Lectures are a series of guest lectures, given each year by an internationally-renowned researcher, dedicated to Adolf Ellegard Jensen (1899-1965), former Director of the Frobenius Institut and of Frankfurt's Museum of Ethnology.

View the podcasts of the Jensen Lectures at http://www.youtube.com/user/FrobeniusInstitut|

Student prizewinners

Research students' prizes

Alanna Cant was awarded the Raymond Firth Prize for her paper Made in China: factory copies and the auras of Mexican tourist art, presented at the Anthropology department's Research Seminar on Anthropological Theory (Friday Seminar) during the 2011-12 sessions.

Maxim Bolt (PhD 2011) has been chosen as runner-up for the 2011-12 Audrey Richards Prize for his thesis Rooting Production: Life and Labour on the Settler Farms of the Zimbabwean-South African Border. The prize, presented biennially by the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), is awarded to the best doctoral thesis in African Studies which has been successfully examined in a UK institute of higher education during the preceding two calendar years. Maxim will receive his prize at the ASAUK conference in Leeds on 7th September.

Previous winners of the Audrey Richards Prize have included alumna Will Norman (PhD 2005) and Fraser McNeill (PhD 2007) who won in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

Masters students' prizes

The Maurice Freedman prize for the best Social Anthropology dissertation was awarded to Anna-Riikka Kauppinen. 

Maria Munson received the Lucy Mair prize for the best Anthropology and Development dissertation.

The recipient of the Edvard Westermarck prize, for the best Learning and Cognition dissertation, was Ivan Deschenaux.

Mark Haskew was awarded the Isaac Schapera prize for the best Law, Anthropology & Society dissertation.

The Fei Xiaotong prize, for the best China in Comparative Perspective dissertation, went to Yuanqing Yi.

Undergraduate students' prizes

Kate Ryan has been awarded the Jean la Fontaine Prize for 2011/12. This prize is given by the Anthropology department each year to an outstanding undergraduate degree student. Kate successfully achieved a first class classification in every course she took during her three years' study towards the BA in Social Anthropology at LSE.

Barry Ronan has been awarded the Michael Sallnow Prize for 2011/12 for the excellent mark he received for his third year undergraduate dissertation: “Responsibility, agency and genocidal groups”.

Congratulations to all our talented prize-winners.

LSE Anthropology tops Guardian league table

We are delighted to announce that the LSE's Department of Anthropology is top-ranked in the Guardian's University Guide 2013 Anthropology league table|.

Adam Kuper on Thinking Allowed

Professor Adam Kuper joined a debate on kinship on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed| programme on 13 June 2012. The programme's host, Laurie Taylor, talked to Maurice Godelier about his ground-breaking study into the evolution of kinship with Henrietta Moore and Adam Kuper taking part in the discussion. You can listen to the programme on the BBC Radio 4 podcast site|.

Peter Loizos 1937-2012


The Department of Anthropology is very sad to announce the death of Emeritus Professor Peter Loizos, on Friday 2nd March.

Peter Loizos started working at LSE in 1969, and became professor of Anthropology in 1997. He was a specialist in, and made well-known contributions (among other things) to the anthropology of the Hellenic world with special reference to politics, ethnicity and nationalism in Cyprus; and to the study of gender relations in the Mediterranean. He was an expert on ethnographic film and on the study and teaching of ethnographic research methods. He also served as the editor of Man (now the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute). His publications include The Heart Grown Bitter: A Chronicle of Cypriot War Refugees (Cambridge 1981) and Iron in the soul: displacement, livelihood and health in Cyprus (Oxford, 2008). He was co-editor, with Patrick Heady, of Conceiving persons: ethnographies of procreation, fertility and growth (London, 1999).  

In addition to these achievements, he is remembered with great fondness as an excellent teacher and an extraordinarily supportive colleague and friend.

Peter Loizos
Born 17th May 1937.
Died 2nd March 2012.

For DART project interviews with Peter Loizos by Clarinda Still about his key findings and experiences, see http://elearning.lse.ac.uk/dart/interviews/loizos.html|.

To see a film of Peter Loizos interviewed by Alan Macfarlane on 14th September 2002, see http://www.alanmacfarlane.com/DO/filmshow/loizos_fast.htm|.

More information about Peter's work can be found on his Departmental staff web page|. Obituaries have been published in The Guardian on 20th March 2012| and in The Telegraph on 9th May 2012|.

A memorial service| for Peter was held at 5pm in the New Theatre, LSE on 18 May 2012.

Since Peter's death we have received many tributes, memories and messages of condolence and have created a web page for them here|.

Dr Matthew Engelke on Thinking Allowed

Matthew Engelke| appeared on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed| on 29 February 2012, talking about his study of the Bible Society of England and Wales. You can hear the programme on the BBC's web site.