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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 academics and 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

Pakistani Elections 2018

Rosita Armytage, a Durham Anthropology Fellow, has provided an insightful summary of the forthcoming elections in Pakistan in a recent article in The Conversation. Read more here...

Professor Helen Ball and the Sleep Lab Team were recognised with the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for 2017.

Royal Honour for Durham University’s Parent-Infant Sleep Lab

Royal Honour for Durham University’s Parent-Infant Sleep Lab

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall present the Queen’s Anniversary Prize to Professor Helen Ball, Director of the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, and Professor Stuart Corbridge, Durham’s Vice-Chancellor, at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace on 22 February 2018. The award is in recognition of the University’s leading influential research on parent-infant sleep, and the ceremony is followed by a reception where the Duchess of Cornwall meets PhD students who have worked on Sleep Lab research projects and the manager of the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Dr Charlotte Russell.

Men's testosterone levels largely determined by childhood environment

Co-authored by Durham Anthropology's Prof Gillian Bentley, a Durham University-led study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution suggests that men who grow up in more challenging conditions where there are lots of infectious diseases, for example, are likely to have lower testosterone levels in later life than those who spend their childhood in healthier environments.

To read the study in full please click the link below:

Childhood ecology influences salivary testosterone, pubertal age and stature of Bangladeshi UK migrant men

And visit the links below for recent press coverage of the study:

Men’s testosterone levels determined by childhood conditions not genetics, study claims (Independent)

Healthier childhoods linked to increased prostate cancer risk (Telegraph)

Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC)

DurhamARCTIC is a doctoral training centre at Durham University, funded by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust to support Interdisciplinary Understanding for a Changing Arctic (DS-2017-070). Between 2018 and 2023 DurhamARCTIC is supporting 15 doctoral students at Durham University, each of whom is pursuing a research project that contributes to and benefits from a blend of disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary enquiry.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/arctic/

Laidlaw Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

Opportunities for funded research placements in the department, see link for further information:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/study/finance/ugscholarships/laidlawscholarship/

Research in the Anthropology Sleep Lab that helps parents and babies sleep better gets Royal approval

More information...

“Our Lives with Electric Things”: Durham anthropologists publish a new collection of writing to extend the energy humanities.

Inspired by a Wenner-Gren funded workshop held at Durham in 2016, this new collection has been published in the Cultural Anthropology journal series ‘Theorizing the Contemporary’. The full collection includes 51 contributions, whose authors reflect on our lives with electric things, using electric artefacts to generate novel ethnographic insights.

Editor Professor Simone Abram says, ‘This collection is an inspiration for anthropologists and others to rethink how we live with electricity and reconsider the possibilities and limits of life with electric things’. With three co-editors from Edinburgh and Copenhagen, the collection covers electric fictions, backups, infrastructures, electric sustenance, electric air and more, making up 17 themes.

‘We are excited to bring together anthropologists from around the world to think about such pressing issues and invite readers to enjoy the collection and the inspiration it offers’ adds Prof Abram.

The collection can be read at:

https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1277-our-lives-with-electric-things

What an achievement!

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

Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Powering the Planet Oct 28-29 2017

A hundred and forty two people from twenty countries attended this two day symposium at Durham. It was the fifth such symposium to be organised on behalf of the Energy Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists Participants were drawn from a range of academic disciplines engaged in energy research as well as representatives from industry and third sector organisations. The Saturday programme for the first day of speakers and discussion panel is now available online (see below). The first day also featured twelve organisations with stands and publicity materials. These included two anthropology consultancies from Scandinavia; the EASA Energy Ethics Network; Low Carbon Energy for Development; Mygrid; Energethics and Access for Women in Energy. Sunday featured five well attended workshops located across the Durham campus, covering energy and development, corporate responsibility, local history and careers for anthropologists beyond the academy.

Thanks to all those at Durham who helped make the event such a success and to our several sponsors see http://www.applied-anthropology.com/organisers/

(11 Dec 2017) » More about Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Powering the Planet Oct 28-29 2017

The Primate and Predator Project

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


Social Anthropology Seminars: SARG Research Group Meeting

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11 October 2017 15:00 in D104, Anthropology Seminar Room

Contact tom.widger@durham.ac.uk or felix.ringel@durham.ac.u for more information


Contact Details

Department of Anthropology
Durham University
Dawson Building,
South Road,
Durham, DH1 3LE
Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 1612
Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 1615
anthropology@durham.ac.uk
Queen's Anniversary Prize 2017

Gold rated for teaching excellence and student outcomes

Durham subjects in QS World Subject Rankings Top 50

Royal prize for Parent-Infant Sleep Lab

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