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The Body Canvas International Photo Competition

2012-08-03T15:02:46.716+01:00

Body art and modification has been practised for thousands of years across the globe. People have cut, stretched, dyed and pierced their bodies for recognition, relationships, beauty and rites of passage. The RAI is launching an international photo competition that seeks to find out more about body modification by exploring questions such as: - Who is involved in body art and modification communities?- Why do people permanently alter their bodies?  - What are the symbols, meanings, and relationships attached to body alterations?- Where do practitioners, artists, doctors congregate? -What type of tourism has this diverse industry created?THE BODY CANVAS The Body Canvas photography contest forms part of the RAI’s Discover Anthropology Outreach Programme http://www.discoveranthropology.org.ukThe contest aims to:• promote public engagement with the RAI’s Education Outreach Programme• provide a platform for people to share their work and become actively involved in anthropology • develop an understanding for the personal, social and political reasons why people undergo permanent body modification • explore the many ways in which communities around the world develop and express relationships with their bodies • explore the industry of body modification, the artists, doctors and craftsmen who practise their trade The submissions we are looking for: Engaging photographs that explore biological, cross-cultural and social elements of body art and modification in relation to these categories:1) Tattoos and Scarification2) Piercings and Body ReshapingBelow are themes that could be visualised under each category. They are meant to be illustrative and not restrictive. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about how they can communicate these categories and relate their photographs to anthropological themes. Photographs can include aspects related to body modification such as media and advertising, rituals, material objects, technological advancements, forensics. Category 1: Tattoos and Scarification - the commercialisation and commodification of body art and modification - the growing industry of tattoos (parlours, conventions, festivals, TV programmes, films) - the relationship between tattoos/scarification and metamorphosis (self-development, discovery and growth as an individual) - tattooing as a discipline where well-known professionals are respected for their craftsmanship - the community of body modification artists and cross-pollination of ideas and practises- tourism generated by the artists/trade and practitioners - body modification as a means of expressing one’s spiritual/religious beliefs - body modification and controversy, social exclusion or stigma - body modification as a means of expressing group identity and reaffirming social ties and status- tattooing as an addiction- adrenaline, pleasure, thrill and excitement - body modification and exhibitionism - body modification and rites of passage- tattoos and forensic anthropology - cultural interpretations of beauty and aesthetics- tattoos and art - tattoos carrying protective elements against disease, illness, evil spirits and possession Category 2: Piercings and Body Reshaping- pushing the body to its physical extremes, dealing with fear, emotion and pain- body reshaping and perceptions of strength, beauty, and attractiveness- body building, fitness and popular culture - plastic surgery and perceptions of beauty, age and social status- reconstructing the body after accidents, illness, - body reshaping and the media- body modification as a means of expressing group identity and reaffirming social ties and statusWho can participate: The competition is free to enter and is open to anyone within the UK and abroad who is interested in anthropology, photography and the body. Both professional and amateur photographers are welcome. Guidelines for submissions: • All applicants must fill in the registration form which can be found on the following website: www.discoveranthropology.org.uk **Participants must complete a separate form for each of thei[...]



BODIES IN MOTION

2012-03-21T15:36:13.517+00:00

Dear Readers, We are up and running again! Due to time restrictions, the blog will no longer be posting non-RAI related events and activities. If you would like to post an anthropology related event or activtity you can join our Discover Anthropology Facebook group and publicise your activities directly to the group. The blog will be running as an open RAI E-Newsletter. We have some fantastic events coming up in April at the Institute located at 50 Fitzroy St. London W1T 5BT. We hope you can make it !BODIES IN MOTION is a series of evening events and exhibitions that explores the relationship between human movement, space and expression Place: The RAI, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T-5BT Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Dates: Friday 13th April, Tuesday 17th April, Wednesday 18th April, Thursday 26th April, Monday 30th April The way in which we move our bodies can express our multiple identities as well as our social and cultural backgrounds. Whether dancing, walking or playing sports, movement can be an affirmation of society’s norms, a celebration of community cohesion and a vehicle for expressing national and international affiliations. Equally, human movement can be a means of resistance demonstrating social and political unrest or an avenue for innovation and cultural change.Bodies in Motion, is an initiative that explores the relationship between human movement, space and expression. Using photography, ethnographic film, art and presentations, the project aims to engage the public in exploring the meaning of movement in urban, digital and natural landscapes.If you have any questions about the Bodies in Motion series please get in contact with Nafisa Fera, at education@therai.org.uk / 020 7387 0455Book your ticket for all events and receive a 20% discount- http://bodiesinmotion.eventbrite.com/FRIDAY 13th April 2012 Temporary Sanity: Jamaican Dancehall CultureTemporary Sanity: the Skerrit Bwoy Story is a film produced by Dan Brun in 2006 as part of his Visual Anthropology Masters at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester. The film explores the cultures, gendered performances and political expressions that form part of Jamaican Dance Hall in New York. By following “Skerrit Boy” a Bronx based performer and promoter of Dance Hall music, the film gives an insider’s view into the dancing, history and social roles of Dance Hall clubs in the lives of the Jamaican and Caribbean Diaspora in the United States. The film has won international recognition amongst dance enthusiasts and film makers. Tonight’s screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the RAI’s Education and Communications Officer Nafisa FeraTonight’s event includes a photo and art exhibition illustrating sport, dance and play in diverse landscapes from concrete jungles to remote highlands where people come together to celebrate movement. Book your ticket here: http://bodiesinmotiondancehall.eventbrite.com/Tickets: Free for RAI Members and Fellows, £3 Students/Concessions, £5 General Admission* Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, refreshments and snacks.TUESDAY 17th April 2012 Dancing Gender: Gesture and Identity among Native American Two SpiritsThis presentation explores how Native American gay, lesbian, and transgender people (Two-Spirits or GLBT) find culturally acceptable ways of conveying their gender and sexual identity through dance and performance. Using photographs, clips and over 10 years of research, the presentation shows how ethnicity, gender and sexuality, converge through performed gestures and movement amongst the Native American Two-Spirit community.Presentation and Q&A with Max Carocci Dr. Max Carocci has conducted research among Two Spirits since 1991 in several US cities. On the subject he published in 2010: ‘Textiles of Healing: Native American AIDS Memorial Quilts’ Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture; in 2009: ‘Visualizing Gender in Plains Indian Pictographic Art’ American Indian Culture and Research Journal; and in 2004: ‘Reconfiguring Ge[...]



LUCY SPECIAL: GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE GAMES

2011-09-17T13:03:03.407+01:00

Calling all sport fans! Do you have objects from your past that hold special memories? Then share your stories with the world! In anticipation of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the RAI's Education Department has launched an oral histories project called Blast from the Past: connecting people through material objects related to sports, games and play. The Blast from the Past project aims to: • promote public engagement with the RAI’s Education Outreach Programme• provide a platform for people to share stories in relation to sport, games and play and become actively involved in anthropology• initiate activities and events in relation to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics • explore the connections between identity, sport and material culture through the use of digital mediaWHAT ARE ORAL HISTORIES?Oral histories are living memories, experiences and life events that are gathered through interviews and conversations which are often subsequently shared with relatives, community members or outsiders. Anthropologists use oral histories to try and understand how individuals make sense of their world. They also use oral histories to find out about cultural traditions that have been past down orally through generations. Because we are unable to provide interviewers for this project we have compiled a list of questions which may assist you in framing your narratives:- What is the story of the object and your relationship to the object- Why is this object meaningful to you or your family- How does the object connect to sport, play, or gamesWHAT IS THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF SPORT?Anthropology of Sport is the cross-cultural and biological understanding of sport in …history and the contemporary world (Blanchard 1995). It analyses the socioeconomic, political and cultural dimensions of sport and how sport influences the lives of individuals and communities around the world.Anthropologists have always been interested in sport and games, their research encompassing everything from cock-fighting to cricket. Evarard ImThurn, an anthropologist of the 19th century studying games in South America, noted that some of the simplest and earliest forms of games were those where children imitated their elders.Im Thurn defined a game as a pleasurable exercise involving any part of the mind or body that led to the development of embodied knowledge (1901). Play is often defined in very similar terms as Im Thurn’s definition of games- as taking part in a recreational activity for enjoyment or for a practical purpose. Play is voluntary and is part of a creative process. According to Huizinga (1955) play goes beyond being a purely biological activity. “It is a significant function-that is to say there is some sense to it. In play there is something ‘at play’ which transcends the immediate sense of life and imparts meaning to the action.” For Huizinga play always has a meaning.Analysing games and play in a contemporary North American context, the Association for the Study of Play (TASP), describes the importance of play in relation to identity and childhood development: “Play is an essential tool for social, cognitive, and physical competence as well as identity development, but research has shown that societal trends have marginalized play…under heightened scrutiny and pressure to respond to the current climate of accountability, economic uncertainty, technologically enhanced learning, changing demographics of students and multiple other factors”. This project hopefully will help us re-visit our attitude to play and stimulate new forms of creative activity.Blast from the Past considers games, sports and play to be integrated and mutually cohesive elements. We are interested in any material object associated with individual play, group games or institutionalised sport. In terms of games however, we are excluding non-physical games such as online games, board games any video games.MATERIAL OBJECTS CAN INCLUDE:Signed baseballs, medals, autographs, old posters, old spo[...]



Diary for August 2011

2011-08-05T11:57:34.009+01:00

Dear Readers, I hope you are having a wonderful August and have had the opportunity to experience some of the outdoor events and activities that have been listed on the blog. In anticipation of this upcoming school year we are including a new section of teaching and learning resources to encourage discovery of anthropological topics through film, photos, ethnographies and more! Hope you enjoy the new material! FRIDAY 5th AUGUST: CALL TO ALL ANTHROPOLOGISTS As part of the growing interest in getting involved in the Anthropology A-level in Britain, the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Education Department is putting a call out to Anthropologists who are interested in going into schools and 6th Form Colleges and discussing their ethnographic research or their career. We are looking for anthropologists who are able to communicate to high school students in an engaging and thoughtful manner and who are able to bring their research to life. The RAI will compile a list of these anthropologists and put them on our Discover Anthropology website. If you are an anthropologist based in England and are interested in being added to the list, please email Nafisa Fera at education@therai.org.uk with a brief description of your biography (50-100 words max) and research interests, your email and a high definition JPEG of yourself. Deadline for submissions is September 2nd 2011.SATURDAY 6th AUGUST: POMERGRANATESZina Ramzi Abdul-Nour is an artist whose work explores the notion of cultural identity through architecture, nature and the decorative arts. Her work has been exhibited in Dubai, Switzerland, Abu Dhabi, the U.S. and now in London. Running until the 27th of August at the Barbican Library is her exhibition called Pomegranates. The exhibition uses mixed media to explore the similarities and differences between Middle Eastern and Western culture. The exhibition is free. MONDAY 8th AUGUST: CELEBRATING STUDENT FILMMAKERS For the first time in 2012 there will be an international film festival dedicated solely to student films from around the world. The London based International Student Film Festival will help young film makers have a platform for showcasing their work and becoming involved in the industry. The festival will take place in London from the 2nd to the 3rd of February. The call for film submissions is now open. For more information on the festival and submitting your films visit this website.WEDNESDAY 10th AUGUST: GET UP AND DANCE! Today between 2-2:45pm and 3-3:45pm is your chance to join Horniman Museum staff, attendees and Crishna Budhu to take part in mass participation dances which incorporate movements of Classical Kathak Dance from northern India and Bollywood dance steps. The workshops are free and take place in the Gallery Square. MONDAY 15th AUGUST: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR ETHNOGRAPHIC PHOTOS! The American Anthropological Association has put out a call for their annual photography contest. The contest aims to encourage members of the AAA to share their field experiences and demonstrate the variety of work that anthropologist do through photography. This year members will be able to vote on the winning photos and the selected photos will be displayed during the next annual meeting. The top photos will also be published in their Anthropology News. For more information and contest guidelines take a look here.THURSDAY 18th AUGUST: A TRIP TO PARISI've decided to take the train to Paris and spend the weekend eating great baguettes and cheese while exploring the fantastic Musee de Quai Branly. Running until the 2nd of October is a wonderful new exhibition showing more than 160 objects from the National Heritage of Guatemala. The objects include ceramics, semi previous stones, funerary objects and ornaments, combining to show the development of the Mayan civilisation. Take a look here  for a short preview of the exhibition. FRIDAY 19th AUGUST: MANCHESTER PRIDEToday marks the beginning of the 21st birthday[...]



Lucy's Diary July 2011

2011-07-08T00:54:50.739+01:00

Happy (sunny) days one and all! I've got post mid-summer fever and that annual itch to get out and about in the sun while he's got his hat on, so I channelled mostly all things bright and beautiful to do out on beaches, streets and with hands and feet plus a bit of politics and the odd indoor activity to keep the variety of life. Plenty to do to be involved, get active and make the most of what it is to be human and alive in this sunny realm. Wishing you all a top summer, whatever and wherever you may be!South Yorkshire:Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Jaume Plensa: until 22ndJanuary 2012http://www.ysp.co.uk/Sculptural depiction of human bodies resonant with symbolic power and meaning has long occupied a discrete space within studies of the anthropology of art and material cultures. Specific address to non-European forms was made by William H. Davenport (2005) in the Santa Cruz Islands and Susan Preston-Bliers (1995) in addressing sculpting of figures as well as masks in Vodun cultures across Central and East Africa. Others have chosen to migrate anthropological interest into a practice of making bodily forms in order to explore human experience. Of these, Malvina Hoffman made an ‘Anthropological Series’ depicting everyday life activities from diverse cultures for exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in 1930. A current, more philosophical approach, striving to convey what is essential to the existence, experience and relation to the world of humanity, is communicated in the work of former anthropologist Anthony Gormley. An example of this last approach can be found in an encounter with bodies (and heads) large, small, scattered and clustered currently found meditating upon existence in the Sculpture Park. Jaume Plensa’s work encourages physical and sensory interaction with bodies whose contemplative, pensive nature reflexively provokes the same within the viewer; addressing our situation in the world just as we look at theirs. All of the figures are beguiling and beautiful, interpersonally connective and irresistible; inviting you to spend time with them and affective as with the best of Gormley’s work such as ‘Field for the British Isles’. Some of the bodies are literally inscribed with alphabets, on one set an eclectic mix from global languages; reflective of ongoing ideas of embodiment including those of Marcel Mauss (1934) and Thomas J. Csordas (1990) as well as Judith Butler (1990) adding bodily inscriptions of which the physical markings on these sculptures are evocative.North East:Gateshead Central Library: until 20th August‘Car Boot Sales and Charity Shops’http://www.northeastphoto.net/copyright: Sharon WilsonPhotographic exhibition featuring photographic work describing the faces and spaces of the ‘alternative economies’ of selling on unwanted goods and possessions. Amongst the practitioners on show are Sharon Wilson who looks at performance and theatre within a particular car boot fair, Susan Swindells’ socio-cultural take on north-eastern charity shops and Karen Johnson’s look at the description of lives laid out on car-boot tables.In addition to the wider view taken on photographic practice by Susan Sontag (1979) and later, Goeff Dyer (2005) attention paid to the uses, abuses and practices associated with using photography as an ethnographic communicating social and cultural information is deftly provided by Christopher Pinney (2010) and Sarah Pink (2001) amongst others.To supplement a visit to the exhibition or to the real, live glory of a car-bootery, a few anthropological observations on alternative social and economic spaces can be brought to bear. While Nigel Rapport’s (1992) brush with car boots and other village affairs informed him about affect and interaction within a small community, N.Gregson and L Crewe (1997, 2005) looked at the purchase of goods in terms of performance and as spectacle; the art of engaging in car-bo[...]



Lucy Special: Open City beams into the 12th International RAI Festival of Ethnographic Film 24-25th June

2011-06-19T22:09:13.552+01:00





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Still from the work of Melissa Llewelyn-Davies
I see from the brochure of the forthcoming RAI film festival that an interesting conversation is ongoing between the Open City and RAI film fests. The conversation takes the form of a screening exchange, reflective of wider interest both within and without the discipline regarding the identity, place and situation of ethnographic film within the documentary genre. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops.

The RAI showed films at the Open City this weekend and, in exchange, the Open City adds extra flavour to the RAI festival pot in the form of Open City screenings. On the 24th (2-7pm) the ‘Gypsies In Film’ includes the ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ which should provoke some interesting debate/discussion from an anthropologically-minded audience. The 25th brings ‘The Maasai Saga (1974-1994)’ considering the body of work produced by director Melissa Llewelyn-Davies with the Maasai people and including a session in conversation with her. Two very different offerings from this other gem of a documentary film fest but ones that serve to add even more variety to that on offer on the regular festival schedule, considered in previous postings. The festival is being held at various venues at University College London between 23rd-26th June and details on screenings and bookings can be found at www.raifilmfest.org.uk



June Diary 2011

2011-06-19T21:57:53.780+01:00

Hi everyone, as it’s the cusp of the summer-at least in pagan terms-I thought I’d look at what is best and brightest to bring in the sun as well as topical events occurring around the country. Next month, we’ll go for a full-on school’s out bonanza so send in your end-of-term/last-blast-before-going-on-holiday-type stuff to the usual address!London:National Portrait Gallery :‘Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer 1908-1974’: until 19th Junehttp://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/exhibitions/2011/ida-kar-bohemian-photographer-minisite/ida-kar-ticketsTaking the breeze in old Havana:copyright Ida KarThe first photographer to have retrospective installation at Whitechapel art Gallery in 1960, little-known Ida provided a fairly singular female presence within the creative avant-garde. She was a key player in migrating perceptions of photography into the fine art canon and portrayed major literary and artistic figures from 50’s and 60’s including Henry Moore, Georges Braque and Jean-Paul Sartre. However, in addition to the opportunity to see these figures in the flesh, is the chance to see their environs; the spaces from which the created or thought. This approach applied equally to her in everyday life (as with the Havana image above) providing a view on cultural life post-war. This is a paid exhibition but a bit of a bargain at only £2 with student ID or £3 without. Call 020 7907 7079 (transaction fee applies) or visit the above site.Victoria and Albert Museum:‘Figures and Fictions: Ethnographic Photography from the Global South’: Conference (24-25th June) and exhibition (until 17th July)http://amethyst.vam.ac.uk/activ_events/courses/conferences/index.html'Balabwa' from 'Real Beauties' series by Jodi Bieber 2008 Elizabeth Edwards, major and prolific contributor to the understanding and readings of imagery past and present from an anthropological perspective, joins speakers including artists and curators in considering the influence of South African photographers across disciplinary fields. The exhibition displays work that seeks to describe the complex relationships involved in communicating personal and national identity-an enduring concern within South Africa pre- and post-Apartheid. The common theme of subjectivity, power relationship between those behind and in front of the lens, and the consequent presentation of identity is explored. An additional element within this equation comes from a direct confrontation with the use of photography as part of the colonial project in addition to, or as associated with, the anthropological gaze employed in historical ethnographic work carried out in the country and the negotiations and responses described in the current artwork displayed. The themes being explored in this exhibition echo, to an extent, those considered by Christopher Pinney, who writes extensively on camera as artificial ‘eye’ and the uses and abuses of photography as part of ethnographic and colonial endeavour.Open City:Prince Charles screening of ‘Shoah’: 18th JuneContact Michael Stewart on 020 7679 8637 or 07989 401038Screened at the Prince Charles Cinema as part of Open City festival, the epic 9-hour ‘Shoah’ is being accompanied by a Q and A with director Claude Lanzmann. Relying entirely on footage shot at sites of crimes and interviews with survivors it is the documentary tour-de-force, testifying to the premise of getting information from those present, interested or involved in events. Again, this is a ticketed event but it is reduced to £25 for students, otherwise £35. A bonus is that if you have an NUS card and Open City ticket, you can get annual membership to the Prince Charles for £2.50 enabling bargainous cinema entry for a good while to come. Plus, if want ot get in some reading on the subject before going, check out Michael Mack ‘Anthropology as Memory: Elias Canetti’s and Franz Baermann Steiner’s Response to[...]



LUCY SPECIAL: Upcoming RAI Education Outreach Events

2011-05-22T04:37:52.787+01:00

The RAI's Education Department is organising some great events in the next few months for A-level students, teachers, career advisers and mature students. Space is limited so it is recommended to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!Wednesday June 8th 2011: A-level Anthropology Teachers' Day The RAI´s Education Committee is organising a special teachers' training day for those already involved in teaching the Anthropology A-level or who are planning to teach the A-level in the near future. The event will take place on June 8th at the Royal Anthropological Institute, located at 50 Fitroy St. London W1T-5BT.The A-level Anthropology Teachers’ Day is intended to bring together teachers with members of theRoyal Anthropological Institute’s Education Committee – professional anthropologists who havebeen involved in the development and support of the course. This will be the first meeting of many to come and will provide an opportunity for people to meet, to discuss progress so far and issues arising, and to plan future meetings. There will be ample opportunity for participants to meet informally, over coffee and lunch, as well as more direct inputs on issues such asresources, the project activity in Unit 4, and a Q&A session with Senior AQA staff.The day will include sessions on:- resources for AS and A2 - teaching strategies, methods and ethnographic case studies for Unit 3 and 4 - discussions and experiences of AS - a Q&A session on the examination procedure with the AQA examination team.and more! A detailed programme of the day can be found hereRegistration Details:If you are interested in attending this event, please email the RAI’s Office Manager at:admin@therai.org.uk This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Registration costs £50 for the day which includes lunch and refreshments. Payments may be made using our website page: http://www.therai.org.uk/about-the-rai/order-from-us/payment/  The RAI accepts payment by cheque, credit card or bank transfer. If your school requires an invoice please contact us.Thursday 14th July: London Anthropology Day 2011  The RAI's Education Department has just opened their new online booking system for this year's London Anthropology Day (LAD).The event will be held at the British Museum's Education Clore Centre on 14th July 2011. This year's event will have 19 universities participating from England, Wales and Ireland making it the biggest event to date. The LAD is a free university taster day for year 12, 13 students, teachers, career advisers. The day consists of an introduction to anthropology, (both biological and social),a range of interactive workshops run by anthropology lecturers, and presentations on applying to university and careers. All participating universities have representatives and information stalls at the day.Take a look at the wide variety of workshops offered on the day, ranging from forensics and tattoos to anthropology of violence and ethnographic film. Before booking your place at the event, be sure to read the following booking information. [...]



Lucy's Diary May 2011

2011-05-16T22:43:05.469+01:00

I’ve been away bodding about another town so a last-minute entry kicks us off, heading up London’s offerings, as the first tantalising delicacy is already going on! As always, it’s all free unless otherwise stated.School of Oriental and African Studies: http://www.hrelp.org/events/elw2011/index.html ‘Endangered Languages Week’ (until 14th May)This event seeks to navigate the geographies, social places and cultural influences as well as fragilities of the huge number (over half) of global languages currently threatened with extinction. Including opportunities to familiarise yourself with them through lectures, discussion, demonstration and exhibition and display in arts and media materials, this fascinating week promise to leave no aspect of ‘meeting a language’ unturned. The presentation of SOAS MA student’s ‘London Language Landscape’ and the Brunei Gallery’s hosting of a range of materials presented by organisations involved in language preservation sound particularly interesting. I’m certainly going to catch what I can, if nothing else to see if Cornish crops up. I’m not sure if it died already as the last I heard was that only one person spoke it, so it seems pretty likely!City University London And London Centre For Arts And Cultural Exchange (LCACE): http://music.sas.ac.uk/research-groups/middle-east-and-central-asia-music-forum.html#c1448‘Festival Of Music In Middle Eastern Cinema’ Saturday 14th- Friday 20th MayUmm Khultum (photographer unknown)A collaboration between the Institute of Musical Research, University of London, Iran Heritage Foundation, Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS and The Royal Anthropological Institute, this ‘mini-festival’ promises to be packed so full of stuff it’d give Glasto a run for it’s money (though more in guise of the annual Fes festival).  Celebrating Middle Eastern music past and present, traditional and emergent, a two-day conference and films featuring the sounds as well as experiences of Middle Eastern music are showing throughout the period at the Tricycle Theatre (http://www.tricycle.co.uk/) and the Khalili Lecture Theatre in the School of Oriental and African Studies (http://middleasternmusicandcinema.wordpress.com).                     Geffrye Museum: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/Saturday 14th May and Sunday May 15thCopyright:Susan AndrewsOn the 14th (paid) there’s an ‘At Home in Japan’ study day exploring modes of living in the Japanese home, its’ influence over Western perceptions (and décor) and the everyday reality. A host of curators and Dr Inge Daniels (whose work informed the exhibition) provide the perspectives. On the following day, check out the free Anthropology of Space ‘taster day’.Insight, University College of London: www.insighteducation.org.uk(May-July)Image from Insight websiteInsight are running courses covering aspects of camera use and film-making, development, production, proposal-writing and funding, business, marketing and a 15-day documentary course. So, basically everything you need to know if you want to use camera’s to tell stories for reasonable fees and run by experienced industry professionals.Radical Anthropology Group: radicalanthropologygroup.org(Camden,Tues 6.15–9.00 pm May to July)‘The Moon in Myth, Ritual and History’Into their summer term already, the Radical Anthropologists are going beyond Pyramidiocy (in the best possible sense) by exploring ‘Lunarchism’ and lunatic influence across time and space on cultural activity by way of UK megalithic construction, Greco-Roman myth, and a contemporary moon-clock amongst the weekly treats. Plus, there’s an outing to Avebury to align with the l[...]



Lucy Special: RAI's Anthro of Sport Photo Contest-take a look at the results!

2011-05-16T22:51:59.367+01:00

As you know, toward the end of last year the RAI’s Education Outreach Programme ran a competition to get great anthropology of sport pictures from anyone handy with a camera. The categories included the body, identity, and globalization, and the competition generated 230 wide-ranging, fascinating and dramatic entries from a truly global 24 countries. The great response meant that lots of young people not only engaged with the Programme but in doing so have had the opportunity to share their work, get actively involved with anthropology and be a part of activities to do with the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The body of work produced enables both participants and those looking at the images to be involved in reflecting upon on the anthropology of sport, sharing and communicating ideas between anthropology and sports, media, and the arts. Not bad for a photo competition! Take a look at http://www.flickr.com/photos/raieducation and join the conversation. Plus, if you get inspired to do something similar, check out the ‘My Street’ competition at the RAI Film Festival site. Instead of still shots, this is a call for film submissions. It’s a great opportunity to ‘have a go’ at some visual anthropology and make your world ours by capturing the activities, conversations, observations, impressions that make up your street or neighbourhood. The premise couldn’t be simpler-or more anthropological as it relates to all sorts of areas of anthropological interest, particularly the Anthropology of Space and Home, Material Cultures, Urban Anthropology, Visual Anthropology to name a few-in fact, the sky’s the limit and the pavement the place! The competition closes at the end of the month and, in addition to films being streamed online, the winning entry will be screened-putting your home well and truly on the map. I’m looking forward to seeing the stories behind the streets and way more than Google Maps could ever reveal! [...]



Lucy Special: RAI 12th International Film Festival Anthropologists on film

2011-05-16T22:50:42.231+01:00

UncreditedThere’s a whole strand in this year’s festival concerning anthropologists on film-from those rather famous ones like Levi-Strauss (‘Claude Lévi-Strauss, Return to the Amazon’ Marcelo Fortaleza Flores 2009) and their activities and experiences in the field to those behind the camera considering the nature and reality of the fieldwork endeavor itself. Essential stuff for both budding and fledged anthropologist alike as it’s good to reflect on where the discipline has been to know where it can, and is, going. The radical shifts during disciplinary development can be seen through the leaps forward and mis-steps of pioneers, players and the simply passionate alike. Films to look out for include the story of the first ethnographic film made (‘The Masks of Mer’ Michael Eaton 2010) plus those concerned with direct interventions and engagements of anthropologists within environments, whether restoring and recreating historic homes in new space (‘Further Lane’ John M. Bishop 2011) or embedded with the US army (‘Human Terrain’ James Der Derian 2010). The ‘experimenter effect’ of the ethnographic venture is explored intimately in films addressing the deep interrelationship and effect of researchers and the communities they work with, both positive and negative. Deep bonds inspiring new forms of ceremony and celebration are found regarding Frembgen in Pakistan (‘The Red Sufi’ Martin Weinhart 2010), Francois and Stern in Motalava, (‘The Poet’s Salary’ Eric Wittersheim 2008), and Rouch in West Africa (‘I Am a White African - Farewell to Jean Rouch’ Bernd Mosblech 2008). In contrast, the perspective from within the Yanomamo tribe of Chagnon’s work illustrates when things go wrong. By exploring the work, perspectives and debate generated by this controversial project, the very nature of the anthropological project itself is considered (‘Secrets of the Tribe’ José Padilha 2010). Follow the festival preparations and commentary by those involved, including film-makers, in the Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/pages/RAI-International-Festival-of-Ethnographic-Film/139827756089095[...]



Anthropology Taster Days

2011-05-16T22:40:27.212+01:00

Hey Everyone, I mentioned the first one of these tasters being run over the weekend. They are being held over consecutive Sundays 15th, 22nd and 29th May and cost £35. All enquiries, including for bookings, should be directed to Yasmin Hales-Henao on Email: yhales @aol.com : Mobile : 07974-389188.On the 15th May, the multilayered meaning of home is explored using a range of comparative ethnographic examples and looks at the social use of domestic space, decorative style and meaning of the home in Britain from the 19th century to the present day. This is then related to the way spatial practises, rituals, boundaries and cultural identity differ in the traditional and modern Japanese home, taking in a visit to the Geffrye Museum’s current exhibition  "At Home in Japan”, previously described on the blog. The second, on 22nd May, concerns decoration in societies. Looking at decorative expression on walls, floors, landscape and the body in South and South East Asian indigenous art practises, their cultural meanings and the relationship of these aesthetics to wider society. Also, how indigenous group practices adapt and make the transition from tradition to modernity. This will be considered through theoretical discussion, ethnographic film, photography, and a visit to an art exhibition. Finally, the third taster, on the 29th May, will consider the role of dirt, gaining insight into the cross cultural attitudes to ideas of purity and pollution and the Anthropology of Dirt itself. This view takes in obsessions with hygiene, food, the body or the practise of everyday life, and consider through discussion why the boundaries between cleanliness, dirt and disgust differ across societies. This session will visit the “Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life” exhibition previously described at the Wellcome Trust Collection.Each of these tasters is followed by an 8-week course run by Yasmin from June, more details of which can be gained from her on the above contact information.All taster days run from 10-4pm, location be confirmed with Yasmin.  [...]



Indian pre-Summer :12th RAI International Film Festival India Strand and ‘A Disappearing World’ at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS

2011-05-16T22:50:05.398+01:00

I’ve been having another look at the first day of the film fest (23rd June at UCL) and having a nose around the India strand. Two address elements of faith, religious practice and engagement with ‘The Poojari’s Daughter’ (Gillian Goslinga 2010) looking at the initiation of a Hindu priestess and the motions of every day temple life surrounding significant events in the lives of the ordained. Faith healing through possession is looked at in ‘Drugs and Prayers’ (Helene Basu 2010) through the lens of (and as a form of) community care centring on the activity of a Sufi temple. Both present 360 views through the actors drawn together and co-involved in both the places and practices. A different view of grassroots militancy by members of an untouchable caste is presented in ‘Pink Sari’s’ (Kim Longinotto 2010). These indomitable women in the signature sari’s of the title fight for social justice and against oppression in the wider social world by resisting low-class ascription. They also address the microcosm of ‘the in-laws’ family world and resist the oppression of abuses inflicted by family members when moving into the invariably restrictive realm of their husbands’ domestic world. The India strand continues throughout the festival with a great-looking film on one man’s journey of discovery, spirit and humanity through Tantra in ‘The Lover and the Beloved: A Journey into Tantra’ (Andy Lawrence/Rajive McMullen 2011). Also, there are explorations into contemporary material culture meaning and practice in textile and music production. Regarding the textiles there is ‘The Stitches Speak (Tanko Bole Chhe)’ (Nina Sabnani 2010) and ‘A Looming Past’ (Sashi Sivramkrishna 2010) and the making and use of traditional musical instruments in ‘Two Day Fair (Do Din Ka Mela)’ (Anjali Monteiro, K.P. Jayasankar 2009). Take a look at the Indian part of the map on the ‘Programme’ page on the website at www.raifilmfest.org.uk. Early bird pass can also still be nabbed until 15th May at http://raifilmfest.org.uk/film/festival/2011/home/registrations.This strand ties-in nicely with another focus on India at The Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. ‘A Disappearing World’ (until 25th June) features photos by Robert Wallis and artwork by the Tribal Women’s Artist Collective illustrating the confrontation and negotiation of ancestral Adivasi ways of being and living on and off the land, as old meets new. The exhibition looks at how Adivasi worship and protection of nature translates and influences land use, artistic traditions, and cultural customs and the effect of current development, modernisation and natural resource exploitation in the Adivasi heartland of Jharkaland. For details check out http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/.[...]



April 2011 Diary additionals-too good not to include!

2011-04-14T16:02:16.286+01:00

Royal Wedding-a-rama: The RW on 29th April has stimulated a splurge of RW-related activity around the country. Sadly, I didn't find out in time about the school in Liverpool that put on a 'Big Fat Gypsy Wedding'-themed event which dressed up kids in the mad meringues featured in the show to celebrate the forthcoming RW. Sad, as it would have been a bit of culturally-questionable kitsch. However, passions for the social life, history and place of wedding couture and culture in the UK can nonetheless be indulged in various ways and places. Snibston Discovery Museum, Leicestershire: www.snibston.com "Getting Hitched" (until Sunday 15th May)The exhibition of 21 outfits, the earliest from 1780 and the most recent from 2006, looks at the influence Royal weddings have had on matrimonial fashions. Interesting from a general material cultural point of view but also significant in that it includes in it's wedding costume view recent social/cultural shifts as civil partnerships are covered too.             Walsall Museum: www.whatsonwalsall.co.uk (until 5th June)Walsall provides a smaller-scale costume display showing historic wedding dresses from the 1900s through to the 1970s and a window on the changing ideas about wedding wear, custom and activity as styles and expectations change throughout the 20th century.Rag Factory, Shoreditch : www.rsvphrh.com (no date supplied)In Heneage Street, just off Brick Lane an exhibition created by from an open submission to international artists displays alternative RW invites made from a wide variety of materials and methods from huge illustrated posters to t-shirts. Distinctly non-"traditional" and with a feel of edginess, this response to the pomp and pageantry of a good old-fashionned, flag-waving national event, definately registers as both an antidote and refuge when crowded out from central London by the mayhem.And finally...Mass Observation Archive Royal Wedding Directive: http://www.massobs.org.uk/index.htmIf you want to commit your own thoughts on the RW to paper, the Archive is on the lookout for submissions by writers describing their 29th April. What they are looking are  perceptions and activities on that day to provide an broad view, so adding a dimension of everyday sentiment or critique to the record regarding national events. It was also done in 1981 for Charles and Diana's wedding so perceptions gathered regarding monarchy and the event's significance (or otherwise) will be very interesting in comparison. As the Archive is accessible, this will be possible to see once collated so an interesting source of research data for any interested in European cultures. Sign up to become an observer by visiting the site and clicking the ‘Writing For Us’ link. OK, that's quite enough about the RW, onto other stuff and moving from the fragrant and orderly world of wedding-bells to disorderly dirt:Wellcome Trust, London: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/dirt"Dirt" (until 31 August)This interactive and highly media/visual-savvy exhibition was stimulated by anthropologist Mary Douglas' observation of dirt as "matter out of place". Tied-in with the BBC series 'Filthy Cities' (advertised with great retro 'Scratch and Sniff' cards), the exhibition ranges across six different spaces and periods in time providing a view on dirt as captured with, on and through visual arts, objects and media. The exploration takes in different attitudes and practices associated with the disorderly[...]



Lucy's Diary April 2011

2011-05-16T22:48:32.986+01:00

Hey everyone, I’ve got a busy month coming up, trying to get to as many of the delightful and interesting events occurring all over the country. Naturally, I’m not able to make all of them but I’ll have to figure out a strategy! First up, I’ll look at regional events then move onto London as it’s far too often the other way round! By the way, everything listed is free entry unless otherwise noted. Oxford Pitt Rivers Museum: www.prm.ox.ac.ukThe Last Samurai: Jacques-Philippe Potteau’s Photographs of the Japanese Missions to Europe, 1862 and 1864 (11 April - 18 September 2011)A complement to the GOMA exhibition listed below, the Pitt Rivers archive is showing fourteen mounted albumen prints and two related engravings from the Japanese missions to  several European cities in 1862 and 1864. Delegates, in portraits taken by Jacques-Philippe Potteau in Paris show members of the last generation of samurai.In a Different Light (Friday 13 May 18.00 – 22.00)This one sounds fascinating, it's an evening event which provides the opportunity to visit the Museum and explore by torchlight plus live bands and world music and a 'Future Shorts One' screening of short films by emerging directors. It's free event entry on a first-come-first-served basis though films are charged at £3 (advance tickets available soon) and shown for 75mins. at 6.30 & 8pm tickets £3 (advance tickets coming soon). Manchester Cornerhouse: www.cornerhouse.org‘New Cartographies: Algeria-France-UK’ (8th April to 5th June)  Ten contemporary artists’ construct personal journeys literally mapping the effects of colonialism and beyond in the relationship between Algeria and Europe through installation, video, photography and mapping. In light of the forthcoming 50th anniversary of Algerian independence, the pertinence of work gains added resonance due to current local and regional revolution and civil unrest. Current debates concerning colonial, post-colonial and neoliberal influences are addressed as well as subsequent connectivity and boundary between North Africa and Europe. Political and personal movements through space are described through migration, Diaspora, and consequent sense of memory and identity. Glasgow GOMA: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/our-museums/goma Blueprint for a Bogey (until 5 June 2011)The boundaries, rights and ways of play are explored in this exhibition, making it a good one for the cultural, social and comunity/ youth work-minded anthropologists. Including art work from the GOMA collection of Dame Paula Rego, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Andy Goldsworthy and Graham Fagen which is presented in conjunction with work by David Sherry, Corin Sworn and the collaborative project Women@Play. There are associated events, talks and workshopsChina Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-1872 (until 12th June) Considered a pioneer of photojournalism in an age of rare long-distance travel, John Thomson took imagery of landscapes, architecture and a cross-section of the population providing a view on everyday life in 19th century China. This is a timely opportunity to see rarely-seen Chinese material culture from a period in which interiority ruled and it would have been practically impossible for outsiders to have seen, either from without or within, the views displayed. This display affords the opportunity to gain a broader perspective on a country until fairly recently shrouded in mystery and supposition. As this prime mover of the emergent BRICs economic forces get to grips with the imminent reality of becoming a superpower and setting [...]



4th April 2011: Upcoming film treats care of the festival and Migration Week at UCL

2011-04-05T20:33:16.777+01:00

Lucy Special: 12th RAI Film Festival Image from About a Village (dir. John.C.Swanson 2011)The 12th RAI film festival is fast approaching, hosted by University College London between 23-26th June 2011. Until the 15th May, it’s possible to get a special ‘early bird’ rate, along with in-depth detail of films being shown and associated events. Details can be found at www.raifilmfest.org which is being constantly updated as information comes in ‘on the wire’. I checked it out and got a flavour of the global filmic delights in store and started planning! As films are grouped according to categories of professional and student prizes, I started by looking at the general areas of anthropological discussion represented. Engagement with the experience of globalised humanity is a definite thread; reaching far beyond any sense of holism to explore the play of social and cultural mixing and movement. The strand which most speaks to this addresses migration which I’ll be following throughout Friday. This is, appropriately enough, moving around the venues, creating a journey within the journeys and travels from Italy with ‘Me, My Gypsy Family and Woody Allen’ (Laura Halilovic) and ‘Other Europe’ (Rossella Schillaci) through Germany and Hungary in ‘About a Village’ (John.C.Swanson) to arrive in Switzerland and ‘For Love’ (Isabelle Stuessi). For me, though, the ‘must-see’ looks fascinating as well as having a clever play on a mainstream title, which is ‘No Country for Young Men’ (Sadaf Javdani) which is shot across multiple sites of migratory experience in Iran, Berlin and London.All the films, made over the past couple of years, tie-in nicely with UCL’s ‘Migration Week’ event (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/intercultural-interaction/migration-week) which started on Monday and has a series of lectures, panel discussions, and conferences exploring topics ranging across the fields of health, economic and social challenge, policy, and the EU Migration Package. An accompanying exhibition explores, amongst other things, the contagious-sounding ‘Egyptomania’ and the ‘Filming Migration’ event on 6th April 2011 is showing five films with a panel discussion. All events are free, requiring no registration so I’m going to brush up on my migration knowledge before I pack my anthro passport and hop on board the good ship RAI film fest ;) [...]



Asia House talk today-update!

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(image) Hi everyone, just to let you know, the talk is on at 18.45 tonight at Asia House-I noticed that the website doesn't have the time so I rang them-hope to see you there!



29 Mar 2011: George Magnus and Gideon Rachman on rising Asian economic power

2011-05-17T12:30:37.377+01:00

See you down at Asia House this evening to get up-to-date  analysis on the realignment of world powers after the  economic meltdown has finished biting chunks out of former centres of power in the U.S and Europe. George Magnus and Gideon Rachman discuss rising Asian prosperity in the 'Post Crisis World', following the publishing of George Magnus'  book 'Uprising' in which he discusses how in 'the East' could well soon be putting 'the West' in the economic shade.   http://georgemagnus.com/books http://www.asiahouse.org/net/home.aspx[...]



26th March 2010: Youth Producing Change film screenings 3.30pm at the ICA

2011-05-17T12:35:03.417+01:00

Calling all film-lovers and lovers of freedom of expression! Join me in this great opportunity to see 11 short films made by young people from across the globe as part of Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Their rarely-seen perspective encompasses a range of issues affecting the social, cultural, political and physical environments that they both come from and film in.It is a chance to gain a particular 'view from within', as well as voice, on the personal issues and concerns that face the young film-makers in relation to their locality but which is inevitably linked to the bigger social and cultural pictures in which they are played out. Issues explored include resource scarcity and the impact on Ngarrindjer community values and customs in Australia, toxic waste affecting community health in the U.S, the challenges that curfews and containment pose for Palestinian teenagers, caste system restrictions on an Indian girl's education, a Haitian's experience of non-entity through lack of birth certificate, and an Afghan young man seeking asylum in the U.K. Referencing themes from sex to death, all of human life is here, as seen and presented by young people producing documentary material which could easily double as visual anthropology.Some of the film-makers are going to be present and talking about their work and the whole 72 minute extravaganza can be had for the bargain price of £5 if the word 'CHANGE' is mentioned when ordering tickets at the ICA box office in person. Tickets can also be ordered over the phone on 0208 7930 3647.Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)The Mall, London SW1Y 5AHView the trailer online here.Listen to a podcast interview with the Youth Producing Change Filmmakers.[...]



Afghanistan's hidden treasures at the British Museum

2011-05-17T12:35:36.194+01:00

It's finally here! I've been waiting with eager anticipation to get to see the treasures of Afghanistan in this new exhibition at the British Museum. This amazing folding crown belonged to a nomadic group buried at Tillya Tepe in Afghanistan in the 1st century. Designed to be portable to suit the nomadic lifestyle, it's 21st century travels have brought it to the UK to become a star exhibit in the 'Afghanistan' exhibition, running until 3rd July 2011. Spanning the centuries BC to AD, the material culture exhibited describes both diverse and mingled cultures within a region that historically provided one of the meeting points of East-West travel, trade and conquest. The existence of the exhibition's collection in itself tells a story as objects were secretly stored to save them from destruction in recent histories of civil war and Taliban rule. This risky venture ensured their survival, preserving a cross-section of lives and times descriptive of Afghanistan's cultural, historical and geographical place and space. They also provide a window through which to consider wider, present-day experiences, and their expression in material cultures, of political and economic movements, cultural mixity, ways of living, and forms of belief and power. For more details go to http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/future_exhibitions/afghanistan.aspx [...]



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Lucy's Back!

2011-05-17T12:54:50.086+01:00

Hello and welcome back to regular updates from Anthropologist About Town! I am fresh back from my holidays and ready to unearth anthropological happenings all over the country! As I can't physically be 'about town' throughout the UK, I welcome your input to update me on the many and various events, exhibitions, film-screenings, festivals and celebrations or general occurrences that you feel relate to anthropology. Many ears to the ground are better than one and I want to gain a rich mixture of UK-wide material, reflective of the many areas and aspects of anthropological interest and investigation. Simply by getting involved, you will be actively participating in an area which is of great interest to anthropology-a system of exchange, circulating information through communication. If you are a student let us all know about the events happening at your school, college or university as well as anything locally you think would be of interest to fellow anthropologists. If you're not a student but connected to the world of anthropology in any way, shape or form or simply interested and intrigued by the subject, please join in the adventure of sharing and exploring all things anthropological. There is so much out there of interest for the anthropologically-minded, it would be great for us to pull together to form our own interactive community. So, whatever it is, if it hits your anthropological 'spot' and provides a useful resource for others, please send in your links and suggestions via the contact info provided, preferably with your thoughts on how they relate to this fascinating and diverse subject. Also, let me know what's working and what's not on the blog and get commenting! As I am just back, I will just post this one event for the moment with more to follow. However, this one is happening today so is hot off the press-hope those of you in London can join me there! More very soon, Lucy.Wed 16th March: Jean Rouch screenings at the BFIAs part of the BFI Essential Experiments strand at BFI Southbank, NFT2, two films by Jean Rouch will be shown. The first is 'Les Maître Fous' (1955), depicts a Hauka ceremony in West Africa. The second is his first , influential film 'Moi, un noir' (1958) which blends fiction with documentary devices. Screenings are Introduced by Dr Lucy Reynolds, lecturer, artist and film curator and cost £9.50 (Concs. £6.75, BFI Members pay £1.50 less). For more detail visit http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/events/essential_experiments/two_by_jean_rouch and if you want more information about Jean Rouch, there is 'The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema', published in 2009 by Professor Paul Henley for University of Chicago Press (http://www.press.uchicago.edu). [...]



December 2010: Lucy's on Holiday

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Hello Dear Readers,

Hope you are enjoying good times with friends, food and family coming up to the holidays. Just to let you know, Lucy will be taking this December off but will be back January to welcome you in 2011 .

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
See you in 2011!



Lucy Special: RAI's Anthropology of Sport Photo Contest

2010-10-20T12:03:56.710+01:00

The photo contest forms part of the RAI’s Discover Anthropology Outreach Programme www.discoveranthropology.org.uk The contest aims to: • promote public engagement with the RAI’s Education Outreach Programme• provide a platform for people to share their work and become actively involved in anthropology • initiate activities and events in relation to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics• develop awareness of the anthropology of sport and facilitate communication between practitioners working in media, arts, sports and social sciences The deadline for submissions is Friday 10th December 2010 What is Anthropology of Sport?Anthropology of Sport is the cross-cultural and biological understanding of sport in prehistory, history, and the contemporary world (Blanchard 1995). It analyzes the socioeconomic, political and cultural dimensions of sport and how sport influences the lives of individuals and communities around the world. The submissions we are looking for: Engaging photographs that explore cross-cultural and human elements of sport in relation to the following categories:1) Globalisation 2) Identity and 3) The Body Below are themes that could be visualised under each category. They are meant to be illustrative and not restrictive. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about how they can communicate these categories and relate their photographs to anthropological themes. Photographs can include aspects related to the world of sport such as spectators, fans, paraphernalia, media, and advertising, in addition to people playing sport.Category 1: Globalisation - the commercialisation, commodification and consumption of sport- sports played out virtually, ‘dream teams’, Second Life - sports in relation to power, equality and hierarchy - sports and colonisation - urban infrastructure and development as a result of grand sport events - environmental sustainability/degradation in relation to sports upkeep/promotion- youth programmes, community activities and regeneration projects - media and technological advances in communicating, promoting and advertising sports - global sporting events as a means for socio-political mobilization- sports as a cultural product - sports in relation to leisure and tourism industries Category 2: Identity - the formation of local, regional and national identities in relation to sports- sports as rites of passage- sports affiliation passed on through generations - looking at the ways sports create boundaries of inclusion/exclusion - how sports are linked to identities based on ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion - how sports paraphernalia, sports equipment and the type of sports undertaken express aspects of identity- religion and spirituality (praying before games, talismans, religious symbols or totems used to facilitate performance) - sports achievement and socio-economic status- sports as a means of organising social relations - athletes as icons, ‘Hall of Fame’- sports which identify themselves with counter-culture and resistance to the mainstream- fans who recreate themselves in their idol’s image Category 3: The Body - pushing the body to its physical extremes, dealing with fear, danger, emotion and pain- the relationship between mind and body- the value of players based on performance -who owns their bodies?- how bodies play interact with time and space - the psychological and physical attachment to adrenaline - the physical[...]



Diary for October 2010

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MONDAY 11th October- Sewing in WartimeRunning until the 16th October is a great exhibition at the Quilt Museum and Art Gallery which looks at the production of material culture amongst Canadian men and women during the Second World War. In collaboration with Canada House, the exhibition features Canadian Red Cross Quilts and other patch worked and quilted pieces. The quilts tell the stories of Canadian needlewomen who made and donated thousands of quilts to the British war relief using their ingenuity and creativity at finding resources and materials that were available at that time. Visit this website for more information about the history and development of the quilts. The exhibition is free. Everyone welcome.MONDAY 11th October- London Street PhotographyThe Museum of London is hosting an exhibition bringing together 19th century and contemporary photographs looking at ways in which street life has changed in the city and how photography has influenced how people relate and identify themselves with the city. The exhibition is free and runs until September2011. For more information visit this website.TUESDAY 12th October- 22nd October- Exhibit yourself through things If you were asked to choose an object that gave some insight into your life, who you are, your interests, quirks and familiarities what would that be? Would you want to share it with others? The Wellcome Collection has launched a new public engagement exhibition called Things. The aim of the exhibition is to update Henry Wellcome's curious collection but also to find out the meaning of objects that form part of our everyday lives. You can take part in the collection by donating, lending or submitting a photograph of your thing. The objects will form part of the exhibition.The exhibition is free and open to all. Visit this website for more information.TUESDAY 12th October- 22nd October-The 4th Native Spirit FestivalToday marks the beginning of the 2010 Native Spirit Festival of Indigenous Peoples. Running until the 22nd October the festival includes films, talks and performances celebrating and exploring Indigenous cultures and the protection of their rights. For a full programme of events visit: www.nativespiritfoundation.orgWEDNESDAY 13th October- SOAS Anthropology of Development SeminarToday from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the Brunei Gallery, Caroline Harper associate director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre and a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, will be giving a presentation entitled Gender, Chronic Poverty and Social Justice. Caroline has over 20 years of experience working with organisations such as Save the Children, UNICEF and ODI on issues regarding childhood poverty, youth exclusion, empowerment and policy processes. You can read more about her work and research background here. The seminar is free and open to the public.WEDNESDAY 13th OCTOBER- Road to Las VegasInsight education in collaboration with Rise films and UCL are hosting a free film screening of Road to Las Vegas directed by Jason Massot. The film documents the journey of an African American couple with five kids from Alaska who take to the road in order to find work in Las Vegas. "Filmed over four years through boom and bust, this is a tale of infidelity, drugs, poverty, infinite promises and new beginnings". The event will take place between 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Archaeology Theatre, Department of Anthropology, entrance 14 Ta[...]