Major Research Councils UK grant for anthropology project to be led at Goldsmiths

GlobalGRACE project in Rio © Instituto Promundo

GlobalGRACE (Global Gender and Cultures of Equality), led by Goldsmiths, receives a grant to help support its work with vulnerable people across three continents. Dr Mark Johnson, Reader in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths will lead a team which also includes Dr Nirmal Puwar and Yasmin Gunaratnam, Readers in Sociology.

The project will research how people use their creativity in dance, theatre, film, poetry and social media as a method of expressing what may be too sensitive or threatening to talk about directly.

Dr Mark Johnson said: “We are very pleased to have been chosen for this grant and are grateful to Research Councils UK for their support. We believe that stories, plays, songs and pictures are often the most powerful way of getting across sensitive messages about life’s difficulties, or for exploring how life could be different.”

More information about GlobalGRACE can be found here

Events and Communications Internship vacancy with InsightShare

An alumna of the department has gotten in touch regarding an exciting internship opportunity with InsightShare which they would like sharing with our students. InsightShare is offering a three month internship to a person passionate about indigenous rights, cultural resilience, advocacy, local food systems and land struggles, to play a leading role in organising a very special series of events for the InsightShare Network from 6th – 16th November 2017.

The full programme will consist of a three-day learning retreat in Oxfordshire with four of InsightShare’s Indigenous partners from Mexico, Tanzania and India. To be followed by an event in Oxford and an event in London with a capacity of 200 people.

InsightShare Network, a not-for-profit organisation designed to support the development of a sustainable, autonomous grassroots movement, is led by and directly benefiting indigenous communities experiencing social, economic or political marginalisation. Harnessing the power of Participatory Video to effect the changes that are the most important and pressing to indigenous peoples, PV is a key step in the process of de-colonisation, strengthening communities’ resilience and abilities to represent themselves.

Responsibilities will include: overall communications, support logistics of all events including public film screenings and Q&A, visit to sacred sites, museum visits to handle cultural artifacts, advocacy meetings. Recording and disseminating learning from the InsightShare Learning Retreat. Support the wellbeing of our indigenous guests throughout their stay. The intern will also assist with general organisational administration, communication and project support.

Deadline to apply is 7th August

Find out how to apply and more here

Rebecca Prentice- When buildings burn, from London to Dhak











Rebecca Prentice, former ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London with the Department of Anthropology has written an article on the Grenfell Tower fire for the Anthropology blog at Sussex University. Rebecca talks about talks about the fires in Dhaka and the distinct similarities between Grenfell in how strong the surrounding communities fought back, demanded compensation for those effected, justice for those who perished in the fires and holding accountable those responsible in court, for their negligence and clear failure to protect the community.

To read Rebecca’s full article, please visit Sussex University blog

Rebecca Prentice is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex in Brighton.



Goldsmiths Events

Facebook Live: Grenfell: One month on, what can society learn?

14th July 2017 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Facebook live link:

One month on from the fire at Grenfell Tower Dr Anna Carlile from the Department of Educational Studies will be discussing what society can learn from this tragedy.

After the talk we’ll also be holding a Q&A, giving you the opportunity to ask questions about the subject. Send us your questions now by commenting below.

For more information, please contact or visit Goldsmiths event page

Winner of the Brian Morris Prize!


Congratulations to the winner of the Brian Morris Prize, Vera Haussler for the most original Undergraduate dissertation in Anthropology. Runners up are (in no particular order), Jessica Lumanisha and Rachel Sesu.

Call for proposals: Displacements

2018 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology
Cosponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology

Thursday 19th April- Saturday 21st April 2018
An online event: tune in from wherever you are or come together to invent and collaborate

“Displacements are in the air: episodes of profound political upheaval, intensified crises of migration and expulsion, the disturbing spectre of climatic and environmental instability, countless virtual shadows cast over the here and now by ubiquitous media technologies. What does it mean to live and strive in the face of such movements? What social and historical coordinates are at stake with these challenges? And what kind of understanding can anthropology contribute to the displacements of this time—given, especially, that our most essential techniques like ethnography are themselves predicated on the heuristic value of displacement, on what can be gleaned from the experience of unfamiliar circumstances?”

For the first time, in 2018, the SCA Biennial Meeting will take place as a virtual conference. All staff and students are welcome to apply! For more information please visit this link, deadline for proposals is Monday 16th October 2017. Proposals should be sent to with a title and 200-word description of proposed presentations, panels, collaborations, and local events, or any other queries.

TEDx UCL Women 2017 -call for volunteers

TEDx UCL Women is an independent TED event run by UCL students which celebrate women at UCL and in the wider community and all work done to break down gender-based and intersected oppressions.

Although based at UCL and run primarily by UCL students, the organisers would like to make use of the dense population of creative and interested people at London universities, be they students or staff, and attempt to utilise this for their team members and speakers. This year’s talk has been scheduled for November and the organisers are now recruiting team members to help put the event together.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please see the recruitment pack, with information about the roles available, and the application form. Interested parties are also encouraged to like the events Facebook page and to follow them on Twitter as both platforms will be updated on a regular basis with more details of the event.

TEDx events are not-for-profit and are run by volunteers, so all roles available are on a volunteering basis. However, they try their best to develop the skills of every person involved in the team and offer training and development to their best ability.

Short documentary of the month

‘Harley’- by March Mercanti, USA,

2016 – 14 MINS * First UK premiere at Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival

Despite living in the small town of Erick, Oklahoma and bordering on the edge of insanity, a self-proclaimed ‘mediocre music maker’ attracts visitors from around the world.

Screening of ‘The Twilight of Magical Socialism’, a documentary by Michele Calabresi

Thursday 15th June, 6:30pm

Richard Hoggart Building, room 309

Goldsmiths, University of London

Please join the department for a screening of The Twilight of Magical Socialism directed by Michele Calabresi, who will be joining us for a discussion along Professor Margarita Lopez after the screening. A Q&A will follow the discussion.

All welcome!

This event has been put together by the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London and the Unit for Visual Anthropology.

Anthropology Individual or Extended Individual Project: Workshop

Gavin Weston will be holding a second information session for students who have been accepted onto the Anthropology Individual or Extended Individual Project in the next academic year.  The session will be held on 

Wednesday 31st May 2017, 12-1pmRichard Hoggart Building, 143  

The session is key for finding out information about the module including its structure, how to get started and which forms need completing, especially if you want to start collecting data over the summer (all ethics forms need to be signed off before your start collecting any data such as interviews, filming etc.)   If you have any questions about the session please email Gavin or

Early Childhood Development funding call

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based and overseas researchers and their partners, particularly in the Global South, to develop projects related to Early Childhood Development. This call is part of a new round of research opportunities offered by the British Academy as part of funding received from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in partnership with the Department for International Development (DfID). Awards are of 18 months in duration.


The purpose of this interdisciplinary research programme is to fund the evidence that will inform the policies and interventions that will transform the life chances and destinies of children in their early years in lower- and middle-income countries. This Scheme will allow UK and overseas researchers, working with their partners in the Global South where relevant, to undertake projects to deliver research excellence with development impact. Research will be problem-focused and interdisciplinary, bringing together relevant disciplines to tackle the problem for maximum impact. Projects will need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary approach yielding new conceptual understanding in the field of early childhood development.

Eligibility requirements

The principal applicant must hold a permanent position at an eligible research or higher education institution, which can be in the UK or overseas, and applicants are also encouraged to include Co-Applicants from the Global South. Both PIs and Co-Applicants must be of postdoctoral or equivalent status. The applicant must either be in a permanent position at the institution, or have a fixed term position for the duration of the award.

Value and Duration

The value of the award is set at a maximum of £350,000. Funding can be used to support the time of the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators involved in directing the project, postdoctoral research assistance, travel, fieldwork and related expenses, and networking costs. Awards are funded on a full economic costs basis of 100%, to include university costs in hosting and supporting the research team.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s electronic Grant Application and Processing (eGAP) system.

 Application Deadline: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 (5pm UK time

Contact Details

Please contact or call +44 (0) 207 969 5220 for further information

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