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Bones Collective

The Bones Collective is an international and interdisciplinary research network of anthropologists, archaeologists, artists based at the University of Edinburgh who share an interest in human bones.

Politics and Political Violence

Linking questions about the nature of democracy, identity and conflict our research shows how anthropology can take a central role in understanding other people's politics.

The Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA)

We bring together a diverse group of scholars and students working on health, illness, and wellbeing in comparative perspective and host one of the largest and most active medical anthropology research groups in the UK.

International Development

Our research links key themes and questions in Social Anthropology to policies and plans in the arena of international development.

Kinship, Bodies and Relatedness

Over the past decade the anthropology of kinship and relatedness has been reshaped by Edinburgh anthropologists and current research on bodies and substances - from bones to blood - is proving to be equally influential.

Religion and Public Action

Our research on religion and public action explores the interface between the religious and the political, from investigating the effects of evangelism to engaging with the role of faith based organisations in humanitarian interventions.

Atelier: Creative Arts and the Social Sciences Network

We have a long standing interest in visual media - from celluloid to the photograph - and our research is fostering new collaborations with artists and visual practitioners.

Environments & Co-Species Landscapes

In the context of anthropogenic changes to the global climate we set out to extend our understanding of relationships between humans and their environments.

Technology & Material Culture

At Edinburgh we set out to show how anthropology can open up our understanding of the social politics of everyday technologies, from food to soap, and re-shape our engagements with the materiality of life itself, from bones to blood.

Borders, Citizenship and Migration

Attempts to control and regulate migration pose particular challenges for contemporary anthropology, raising questions about the status of human rights for migrants as well as the meanings, limitations and potential of legal claims to citizenship.

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