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Department of Social Anthropology

 
Read more at: Senior Research Seminar: Dr David Henig

Senior Research Seminar: Dr David Henig

Friday, 4 May, 2018 - 16:15 to 18:00

Dr David Henig (University of Kent) Economic Theologies of Abundance: Halal Exchange and the Limits of Neoliberal Effects in Post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina This paper questions claims about the all-pervasive neoliberalisation of everyday life that dominate many debates in anthropology and beyond. Situated in deprived rural...


Read more at: Senior Research Seminar: Dr Stephen Hugh-Jones

Senior Research Seminar: Dr Stephen Hugh-Jones

Friday, 27 April, 2018 - 16:15 to 18:00

Dr Stephen Hugh-Jones (University of Cambridge) Monteverdi's Unruly Women and their Amazonian Sisters: a Philosophy of the Body-Tube In his 'The Jealous Potter', Lévi-Strauss outlines an Amazonian philosophy of the digestive tube allied to the use of the blowgun. Though aimed in the right direction, his sketch misses the...


Read more at: Senior Research Seminar: Professor John R. Bowen

Senior Research Seminar: Professor John R. Bowen

Friday, 16 February, 2018 - 16:15 to 18:00

Professor John R. Bowen, (Washington University in St Louis) Material Semiotics of Halal Qualities If for hundreds of years Muslims prepared their own foods and ate them, prefaced with a blessing, over the past 20 years or so there have arisen formalized procedures to determine whether or not a product is halal (“...


Read more at: Senior Research Seminar: Professor Robert Hefner

Senior Research Seminar: Professor Robert Hefner

Friday, 9 March, 2018 - 16:15 to 18:00

Professor Robert Hefner, (Boston University) Shariah Ethics: The Place and Challenge of Islamic Legal Traditions in the Anthropology of Morality The great scholar of Islamic legal studies, Wael B. Hallaq, has described Islamic shari’a as the “supreme moral and legal force regulating both society and government” in Muslim-...


Read more at: Senior Research Seminar: Dr Andrew Sanchez

Senior Research Seminar: Dr Andrew Sanchez

Friday, 2 March, 2018 - 16:15 to 18:00

Dr Andrew Sanchez, (University of Cambridge) Creation and Transformation: Value and the Satisfaction of Work For the employees of an Indian scrap-metal yard, work is a process of disassembling things that other people no longer want. Despite the difficult conditions of the labour and the social stigma attached to it...


Read more at: Senior Research Seminar: Dr Patrick McKearney

Senior Research Seminar: Dr Patrick McKearney

Friday, 9 February, 2018 - 16:15 to 18:00

Dr Patrick McKearney, (Max-Cam Research Centre, University of Cambridge) Disabling Violence: Sacrifice and Responsibility in a Christian Care Home for the Cognitively Impaired This paper explores the effect that different models of sacrifice have on the way that people give and take responsibility for physical aggression...


Read more at: Senior Research Seminar: Dr Thomas White

Senior Research Seminar: Dr Thomas White

Friday, 2 February, 2018 - 16:15 to 18:00

Dr Thomas White, (University of Cambridge) A Multispecies Ethnography of the State: livestock and the politics of affect in a Chinese border region This paper examines the role of animals in the politics of western Inner Mongolia, where pastoralism has been under threat from grassland conservation policies. Recent...


Read more at: Senior Research Seminar: Professor Emma Tarlo

Senior Research Seminar: Professor Emma Tarlo

Friday, 26 January, 2018 - 16:15 to 18:00

Professor Emma Tarlo, (Goldsmiths, University of London) Tangled Tales and Racial Fictions: The awkwardness of human hair in global circulation Hair is something intimate and familiar. Growing spontaneously from our heads, demanding attention throughout our lives, it is intrinsically bound up with personal and social...