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Department of Anthropology

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.

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New opportunities for MSc Energy and Resilience students
A new EU Erasmus+ project will bring an opportunity for four Masters students to join students and energy academics from Slovenia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic (Czechia) to work on people-centred development. For more information please visit www.dur.ac.uk/dei/peoplefunding/



Launch of Life after Ruin: The Struggles over Israel's Depopulated Arab Spaces

The Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics is warmly inviting you to join us for the launch of ''Life after Ruin: The Struggles over Israel's Depopulated Arab Spaces'' (Cambridge UP) by Noam Leshem.

About the book:

Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the landscape of Israel-Palestine was radically transformed. Breaking from conventional focus on explicit sites of violence and devastation, Noam Leshem turns critical attention to ordinary spaces and places where the intricate and often intimate engagements between Jews and myriad Arab spaces take place to this day. Leshem builds on interdisciplinary studies of space, memory, architecture and history and exposes a rich archive of ideology, culture, political projects of state-building and identity formation. The result is a fresh look at the conflicted history of Israel-Palestine: a spatial history in which the Arab past isn't in fact separate, but inextricably linked to the Israeli present.

Date: 13 June

Time: 16:00-18:00

Location: Room W007 (Geography).

The event will be followed by a wine reception.



Powering the Planet

The fifth edition of the annual symposium Why the World Needs Anthropologists explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better. This year it is being held at Durham University. Click here to find out more!


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.

Contact paolo.fortis@durham.ac.uk for more information