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Department of Anthropology

Founded in 1967, the Department of Anthropology at Durham is now one of the largest integrated anthropology departments in the UK carrying out innovative research on cutting edge topics spanning social anthropology, evolutionary anthropology, and the anthropology of health. Our 40 academics and over 30 postdoctoral researchers employ a wide range of social science and natural science perspectives to explore questions about human life in its evolutionary, environmental and cultural contexts. Our taught programmes offer students the opportunity to pursue general and specialist anthropology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, while our PhD students study topics from primate behaviour to rhetoric culture and indigenous knowledge to internet technologies. With our first-class facilities, innovative programmes, and world-leading academics, Durham is setting the agenda for 21st century anthropology.


Anthropology News and Events

The Primate and Predator Project

Read all about Professor Russell Hill's work on pages 6-7 in the Dialogue

What an achievement!

The Durham Centre for Medical Humanities wins new Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award! Click here to read more!

Durham Anthropologists comment on the significance of sport kit colours.

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Departmental Seminar: Maritime Metaphysics and the Geometry of the Informational Surface

Presented by Susanne Küchler , UCL
24 May 2017 15:00 in Dawson Building Lecture Theatre, D110

While we are fully aware of the fact that a graphic pattern and number based code can store and transmit complex information much more efficiently than referential modes of representation, the analysis of pattern systems and the difference they make to culture and society has not significantly advanced beyond a general classification based on motion centred geometries of symmetry. This paper examines an intriguing example from the maritime world of Oceania where complex information is lodged as observable quantity and transmitted across vast distances in time and space via patterns whose underpinning metric and mathematical logic is understood qualitatively, with consequences for culture and society.

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