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CUSAS (Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society) is run by undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department. Many of their upcoming events will be advertised on the events page of the Social Anthropology website.

CUSAS Summary, 2017-2018

The Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society (CUSAS) is delighted to report a very successful year, which has seen the introduction of new events and steadily increasing involvement from students across all years and degree courses. In addition to our traditionally strong speaker series, this year the CUSAS executive committee piloted a new ethnographic film series, which showcased films principally from student and early-career creators from a wide range of ethnographic settings. The new project was very successful and we were particularly pleased with the films’ cross-disciplinary appeal, drawing students from a handful of other departments. CUSAS was also delighted to host director Mantas Kvedaravicius who conducted a one-day workshop on his critically acclaimed films, allowing students a unique insight to the process of ethnographic film-making. Additionally, our Brown Bag Lunch series continues to be a favourite among our constituents who appreciate the opportunity for informal conversation with their professors. These interactions are unique, unpredictable, candid and always engaging.

CUSAS’s largest event of the year is the annual Strathern Lecture, and in May 2018 we were honoured to host Professor Don Kulick from Uppsala University in Sweden. Professor Kulick, in his talk entitled “Violence, Talk and Nonsense: Gang Rape in a Papua New Guinean Village,” offered a challenging but thought-provoking account of sexual violence in Gapun, Papua New Guinea.

CUSAS co-presidents Amy Binning and Corinna Howland would like to extend warm thanks to the rest of the CUSAS committee for their indispensible efforts, to the staff and students who contributed both their ideas and their attendance to our events, and to the staff (both administrative and academic) of the Department of Social Anthropology for their support and guidance. We wish next year’s president — Sofia Ugarte Pfingsthorn — the very best of luck and eagerly look forward to future events.

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Dr Matei Candea acts as Senior Treasurer of CUSAS.