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Department of Anthropology


Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin wins ESRC Transformative Research grant

Congratulations to Durham anthropologist Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin, whose proposal ‘Citizen Led Forensics: DNA & data-banking as technologies of disruption-a novel way to learn and intervene in the search for the disappeared in Mexico’ has been recommended for funding of £196k through the ESRC's Transformative Research call.

(10 Apr 2014)

Dr Simone Abram wins Durham's first University of the Arctic grant

Congratulations to Durham anthropologist Dr Simone Abram who has received Durham's first ever Universtiy of the Arctic (UArctic) grant.

UArctic is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North.

Read more about these awards and the University of the Arctic

(10 Apr 2014)

Durham Anthropology Department hosts conference on 'Rhythms of Infant Life'

Durham Anthropology Department hosted researchers from Japan, Australia, Taiwan and USA last week (31st March to 2nd April) for a conference and workshop on the Rhythms of Infant Life, proposed as part of the IAS ’Light’ theme by Dr Alanna Rudzik (International JRF) and Professor Helen Ball (Head of Anthropology).

Over 200 UK health professionals and infant sleep researchers attended the public conference, while at the workshop the researchers mapped out a proposal for a multi-country study on infant circadian development, family functioning and parental postnatal depression.

Read more about Prof Helen Ball's research at her Sleep Lab website

(10 Apr 2014)

PhD student Ben Kasstan wins award for 'Interfaith Project of the Year'

Durham Anthropology PhD student Ben Kasstan has won the 'Interfaith Project of the Year' at the 6th Annual Union of Jewish Students awards.

Ben was awarded this prize for setting up the Muslim-Jewish Forum in Durham. The forum focuses on unity and cohesion, whilst simultaneously celebrating differences. Along with the Durham Islamic Society, Ben has organised many events including a discussion of Islamaphobia and anti-Semitism, the former in relation to the hijab (headscarf) and the latter concerning the Y-word football debate. Ben initiated an interfaith Shabbat meal, hosting Jews, Muslims and Christians.

Read more about Ben's UJS award

(10 Apr 2014)

Workshop on Ethnographic Filmmaking

Durham University’s Residential Workshop on Ethnographic Filmmaking will take place in the Lake District from 30 May to 2 June 2014. Organised by the Department of Anthropology and financially supported by Arts and Humanities Research Council, the workshop aims to introduce the history, theory and practice of ethnographic film to Durham University-based postgraduate researchers of anthropology and AHRC-related disciplines who are interested in ethnographic research and audio-visual media.

In an intensive 4-day practical and theoretical training, participants will get acquainted with key concepts of ethnographic film language. They will gain understanding and basic skills in various audio-visual techniques for ethnographic filmmaking and develop confidence in using the medium of film for research purposes regardless of limited financial and technical resources.

The main emphasis of the training will be placed on creating short ethnographic films in a small group setting following established practices of film production. The practical challenge will be preceded by a series of introductory sessions that will focus on the history and theory of ethnographic film language as well as the basics of handling audio-visual equipment and journalism.

Meals, accommodation and transportation will be covered for all selected participants.

If you are interested in participating, please read the open call and fill in the online application form by Friday, 25 April 2014.

For any additional information contact Dr Alex Flynn or Pina Sadar

(4 Apr 2014)

Durham Anthropology photo competition winners

In February 2014 the Department of Anthropology held a competition amongst current undergraduates and postgraduates to find the best photographs showing anthropological learning or research in action. We had a large number of entries, showcasing our students' activities in Stockton, Durham, South Africa, The Philippines and many other parts of the world.

The judges were impressed by the high quality of the photographs and choosing winners was a difficult task. As a consequence there are four winners in the undergraduate category. Congratulations to all those who entered!

Prizes were awarded to:

Undergraduate Competition

  • Rosie Gilbert and Zivarna Murphy
  • Lisa Meyering and Charlotte Cook (runners up, to share a prize)

Postgraduate Competition

  • Dalia Iskander, Katy Williams and Andrea Donaldson

One of the winning photographs is shown below, and you can see the rest here.

(17 Mar 2014)

Postgraduate Conference 2014

Theme: Unity in Diversity
Date: Friday, 9 May
Time: 9:00 am-5:30 pm

On Friday, 9 May 2014, Durham University's Department of Anthropology will hold its annual Postgraduate Conference. Part of a discipline with a myriad of sub-disciplines, we aim to explore the wholeness of anthropology and also celebrate its ubiquity. Crossing boundaries, embracing the other and thinking holistically, is it possible to speak with one voice from multiple places?

Please join us for this Postgraduate Conference hosted by the Department of Anthropology and share in this vital and vivid discussion.

Please also register your interest in attending on our online form

(13 Feb 2014)

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