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Social Anthropology Society

The Social Anthropology Society (SocAnthSoc) gained a new lease of life in 2011 through the dedication, hard work and energy from a group of fourth year honours students and postgraduates.  This year SocAnthSoc is reaching out to as many students as possible.  It is establishing itself as a sociable and academic society that hopes to provide a place for students new and old, both within the discipline of anthropology itself and outwith, to meet each other, discuss personal and academic interests and have fun!  The society provides regular socials, film screenings, pub quizzes, trips and many more.  This year the committee is also setting up a buddying scheme, whereby third and fourth year anthropology students will support first and second year students who wish to learn more about social anthropology and Edinburgh’s anthropology department. 

Please check out our Facebook page at:
And our webpage (still under construction)

If you want to get involved, please contact us on  Also look out for our stall at this year’s Fresher’s Fair, and we look forward to seeing as many new faces as possible this September.
Tabby Gould
SocAnthSoc President 2012-13


SocAnthSoc Events:

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

 12th - 13th April 2013 St Andrews

This year St Andrews University, The University of Edinburgh and Aberdeen University have been chosen to organise the annual student-led RAI Conference. The theme of this year's conference is Close Encounters: Bringing Anthropology Home.  The two-day Conference, featuring incredible speakers, exciting debates and workshops, an undergraduate call for papers, film screenings, art and music will provide a platform for students of all levels, beginning anthropologists and accomplished academics to meet, interact, learn and exchange in a wealth of close intellectual, creative and social encounter.  No doubt the anthropological highlight of the year!

Organised solely by students we have an incredible array of speakers including Arjun Appadurai, Dame Marilyn Strathern and Tim Ingold.

The conference welcomes student and staff from any discipline from across the UK.

Follow the Conference online at

Registration and Early bird tickets now open

Call for Papers - DEADLINE 18th March - Sumbit an Ethnographic or Theoretical paper no longer than 10 minutes to<>

for more information check out

Please keep checking the website, as we will constantly update it with more details and info about the Conference.


SSPS Ball - Tuesday 9th April, Gillie Dhu

SocAnthSoc welcomes you to the FIRST EVER School of Social and Political Science Ball.

Dust of your gladrags, pull on your dancing shoes and twirl your way to our fantastic end of term Ball.

Tickets are priced at £35 and include a glass of champagne on arrival, 3 course dinner and half a bottle of wine, a ceilidh, after party and much much more!!

check out the FB group for more details









Past Events:


- 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 coming to the University of Edinburgh to explain to students how they can get more involved, including opportunities to placements, internships and employment.

Where: LT183 Old College, South Bridge
When: 6pm


- 'Forgotten Birds of Paradise' Documentary Screening and Talk

SocAnthSoc and Free West Papua Edinburgh have 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.

Where: Teviot Underground, Teviot Row House
When: 6pm



Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February 2013.

MONDAY 18th FEB - SocAnthSoc Social

not a member of SocAnthSoc yet?  would like to get to know your fellow students a bit better, why not pop along to our Innovative Learning week social, where we will be providing FREE DRINKS!  We will also be relaunching the parenting scheme, so come and GET INVOLVED!

Where: GreenMantle Pub, Nicolson Street
When: Monday 18th Feb 8pm.

WEDNESDAY 20th FEB - Anthropology of Food Picnic

Wanting to know a little about the anthropology of food?  Or keen to try some new dishes from cultures around the globe, then bring a dish of your choice and pop along to our Anthropology of Food picnic, with a talk from guest speaker Francesca Bray

Where: Foyer, Chrystal Macmillan Building
When: 12pm - 2pm.


- 'Anthropology in 100 Objects' Exhibition Launch and Lunch

What things represent anthropology to you? The Department of Anthropology and the Social Anthropology Society invite 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 will be photographed and added to an online gallery of exhibits.

MONDAY 18th Feb - Submission Event and Talk - come along to have your object photographed for the exhibition and online gallery, and find out more about museum culture and the politics of curating.

Where: Seminar Room 3 Crystal Macmillan Building
When: Monday 18th Feb 11am - 1pm

THURSDAY 21st FEB - Anthropology in 100 Objects Exhibition Launch and Lunch  - pop along to see the launch of the exhibition, a display of 100 anthropological objects, with a grand opening and FREE LUNCH.  we will have a submission event

Where: Foyer, Chrystal Macmillan Building
When: Thursday 21st Feb 1pm.

To submit an object to the exhibition, please contact

Dr Jamie Cross<>

Or Tabby Gould<>





for more information visit our Facebook Page:

or email us at<>




FRIDAY 25th JAN 2013 – Development Careers Fair.  Interested in a career in development?  Come along to find out information from DFID, YES! Tanzania, Mercy Corps, Link Community Development, Leprosy Mission Scotland, Challenges Worldwide and Fair Trade Scotland.

Where: Teviot Debating Hall
When:  12pm – 4pm


TUESDAY 29th JAN 2013– LEPROSY: HIDDEN CHALLENGES.  SocAnthSoc in conjunction with Leprosy Mission Scotland invite you to the Free Scottish Leprosy Convention 2013. 

The evening will involve 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, will highlight the medical implications of Leprosy and what is being done today with leprosy and international development.

Where:  LT183 Old College, South Bridge
When:   6pm



30/10/12 6.30pm LT183 Old College - We have the Scottish premiere Film Screening of 'Shooting Freetown' a short (30mins) documentary made in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  This is an exclusive event, where we have the opportunity to speak to the films director Kieran Hanson, on his inspiration and experience of making the film.   We will also be going for drinks after with SocAnthSoc, EUID and Kieran.

01/11/12 8pm Pear Tree - PUB QUIZ!  Nomad magazine in collaboration with SocAnthSoc are holding a Pub Quiz.  Need a chilled evening to rest after Hallween antics? Then pop along to the Nomad and SocAnthSoc Pub Quiz in the Peartree at 8pm.  There will be a variety of rounds including a Culture round, for all you anthropologists out there!  There is a raffle so plenty of prizes to be won!  Entry is £2 for SocAnthSoc and Nomad members (Bring your cards!!) and £3 for non-members.
Keep an eye out for this event on the facebook wall!

PHOTOS: from the SocAnthSoc World Food Event during Innovative Learning Week, February 2012.