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Social Anthropology Society

The Social Anthropology Society (SocAnthSoc) is a social and academic society that provides a place for students new and old, both within the discipline of anthropology and outwith, to meet each other, discuss personal and academic interests and have fun!  The society organises socials, film screenings, pub quizzes, trips and more.

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Past Events:

Royal Anthropological Institute Conference, Close Encounters: Bringing Anthropology Home. 2013. St Andrews.

The two-day Conference featured incredible speakers, exciting debates and workshops, an undergraduate call for papers, film screenings, art and music. The conference provided a platform for students of all levels, from those new to anthropology to seasoned academics to meet and learn from each other.  No doubt the anthropological highlight of the year! Organised solely by students our speakers included Arjun Appadurai, Dame Marilyn Strathern and Tim Ingold.

RAI Conference: Encounters


SSPS Ball. Gilli Dhu.

SocAnthSoc hosted the first ever School of Social and Political Science Ball. We dusted off our gladrags, pulled on your dancing shoes and twirled our way to a fantastic end of term.



Medlife Talk - One Billion Plus Campaign

MEDLIFE is a non profit organisation that works to improve access to healthcare and development in impoverished communities in Latin America. CEO of MEDLIFE Nick Ellis is came to the University of Edinburgh to explain to students how they could get more involved, including opportunities for placements, internships and employment.

'Forgotten Birds of Paradise' Documentary Screening and Talk

SocAnthSoc and Free West Papua Edinburgh joined forces to bring you a documentary on the oppression the people of West Papua are under, and to raise awareness of the current situation.

SocAnthSoc World Food Event






Exhibition: Anthropology in 100 Objects

What things represent anthropology to you? The Department of Anthropology and the Social Anthropology Society invited undergraduates, post-graduates and faculty members across the University of Edinburgh to submit objects, artefacts and things to a public exhibition 'Anthropology in 100 Objects'. Each submission was photographed and added to an online gallery of exhibits.




SocAnthSoc in conjunction with Leprosy Mission Scotland hosted a Scottish Leprosy Convention. The evening included a film screening of ‘India’s Leprosy Heroes’, followed by a talk from Channel 4’s Dispatches, and BBC Panorama journalist, SEYI RHODES.  Additional talks from Linda Todd, CEO of the Leprosy Mission Scotland, and Professor Cairns Smith highlighted the medical implications of Leprosy and what is being done today with leprosy and international development.

Film Screening: Shooting Freetown

A short (30mins) documentary made in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Including the opportunity to speak to the films director Kieran Hanson, on his inspiration and experience of making the film. 


Freshers 2013