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Social Anthropology Announces Autumn Seminars

This autumn's seminars in social anthropology range in topic from gambling in London to pornography in Bangladesh.

Social Anthropology Seminars and Workshops


Semester 1, 2009-10


2nd October, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Anthropology in Practice: Workshop in Honour of Tony Good (with Jonathan Parry, Chris Fuller, Tony Cohen and others)

Staff Common Room, 6th Floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building


9th October

Bob Simpson and Salla Sariola (Durham): Subjectivity and notions of self in bioethics discourses and clinical trials in Sri Lanka


16th October

Lotte Hoek (Edinburgh): Voice, Vision, Veils: Purdah and Pornography in the Bangladesh Film Industry


23 October

John Harries and Guro Huby (Edinburgh): Bloody Paperwork


Thursday 29 October, 5.15 p.m.

Munro Lecture

Karin Barber (Birmingham): The present in the past: the emergence of new genres and publics in early Yoruba print culture

Faculty Room South, David Hume Tower


30 October

Karin Barber (Birmingham): Moral energy and what looks like life in African popular culture


6 November

Magnus Marsden (SOAS): Of Caviar, Jihad and Diplomacy: Islam and Trade on the Frontiers of South and Central Asia


13 November

Rebecca Cassidy (Goldsmiths): Time and the Betting Shop


20 November

Faisal Devji (Oxford): The Language of Muslim Universality


Monday 23 November, 4 p.m.

Marnia Lazreg (CUNY): Turning to the veil:  Surplus or loss of meaning?

Seminar Room 5, Chrystal Macmillan Building


Wednesday 25 November

Alexander Robertson (Edinburgh): How can Lukoho be his own grandfather? Being and Becoming in East Africa *

Charles Jedrej Lecture in African Anthropology (with CAS)

Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building 4 p.m.


27 November

Niko Besnier (Amsterdam): Athletes' Bodies and Global Connections:  Rugby, the Abacus, Tonga, Japan


4 December

Mukulika Banerjee (LSE): Caste, Communism and Cultivation: Harvest and Democracy



Seminars are held every Friday from 2 to 4 in Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square (except 2nd October workshop, 29 October Munro Lecture, and 23 and 25 November seminars).


For more information please contact May Rutherford:,  0131 650 3933




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