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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.


Anthropology News and Events

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

Scaling the Body: an interactive workshop
28 February 2017 10:00 in Kenworthy Hall (St Mary's College)
Sign up here!

The Eruv as Metaphor for Jewish Home-making in the Diaspora
Professor Leora Asulander
Date: Tuesday 28th February
Time: 16:00 - 17:15 (followed by refreshments)
Venue: Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin's Hall Seminar Room
The event is free and open to all. More information found here.

Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine, and Wellbeing

The University of Edinburgh and Durham University co-host a yearly Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine, and Wellbeing. This year we are holding this in Durham on 22nd and 23rd March, at Durham University. For more information, see