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Engaging contemporary issues conference: In Dialogue with Anthropologists

Professor Nigel Rapport, of the University of St Andrews, will be opening the Engaging Contemporary Issues conference which is being launched as an ‘In Dialogue with Anthropologists’ series at UEL  University Square campus, Stratford, on 18 January.

This conference will engage with debates and related research on contemporary issues through anthropological insights. Nigel Rapport will offer a talk on 'Freedom, from the perspective of a cosmopolitan anthropology of Anyone, the global human individual'.   

Other confirmed speakers include Tom Selwyn, SOAS, Pat Caplan, Goldsmiths University, David Shankland, Director of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Patrick Alexander, Oxford Brookes University, Charlotte Joy, Goldsmiths University, Raoul Valerio Bianchi, University of East London, Christine McCourt, City, University of London, Nicola Frost, University of Exeter, Dave Cook, University College London, Flavia Kremer, University of Manchester, and Jessica Symons, University of Salford

The conference will incorporate innovative formats where some speakers will be ‘accompanied’ by debaters/interlocutors to open research conversations and demonstrate wider civic and socio-political engagement.

Sessions will incorporate and reflect on ‘truths’ and ‘post-truths.’ Topics include Brexit: pasts and futures. For instance, researcher Dave Cook will present his research conducted during the June 23 referendum on ‘Ten days in June’. Flavia Flemer will incorporate a social media platform to conduct a research interview via Facebook to bring out empowerment issues as a lived encounter.

The conference will include sessions by students doing fieldwork, where some will engage with research participants to discuss their work and consider wider relevance. It will offer a mini photographic exhibition.

Some of the material presented on the day will be podcast and student filmmakers will be present to capture side conversations from speakers and delegates for three and five-minutes access film shorts.

The conference is organised by the Anthropology and Contemporary Worlds Research group at UEL. 


For inquiries, contact Narmala Halstead n.halstead@uel.ac.uk or Julie Botticello j.a. botticello@uel.ac.uk

Wednesday, 18 January 2017
9:30-18:00