Fieldwork Playlist


Gavin Western has written a new publication, Fieldwork Playlist featured in Suomen Antropologi. Fieldwork Playlist emerged from a conference of the same name at Goldsmiths back in 2013. The idea was a simple one: “For our fieldwork playlist, each contributor will pick one song and recount the story of how that song came to hold significance in relation to their research encounters and experience” (Fieldwork Playlist Call For Papers 2013). Each of the papers here explores the evocative nature of music in relation to the experience of social science fieldwork. Each author has selected a song as a starting point to consider their experience in the field. Music is woven into the fabric of the social world of the field, our location in it, our collection and interpretation of data and the writing up process. This edited collection brings together diverse experiences and reflections through the evocative medium of particular songs.

Martyn Wemyss’s contribution titled Michael Jackson’s – ‘Billy Jean, reflects on the first few months of his fieldwork in Bolivia and how the death of Michael Jackson ‘prompted a shift in the soundtrack to daily life: for a brief window his music was everywhere’.

The latest issue of Suomen Anthropologi also contains entries from former students and associates of the department, Dominique Santos, Willam Tantam and Kieran Fenby-Hulse and can be downloaded online.

Professor Stephen Nugent (1950-2018)

A tribute to Steve Nugent, who passed away on 13 November, from his colleagues in the Department of Anthropology

How to remember Steve Nugent? Fiercely intelligent, defiant, loyal, caring, sceptical, humorous, persistently inspiring and forever disruptive! Steve was a man who left a mark on all who met him and anyone who sat in department meetings or on college boards with him will no doubt have their own unique memories of this remarkable man.

We remember him here for his dedicated commitment and contributions to anthropology, Latin American Studies and the intellectual life of Goldsmiths.

Steve joined the anthropology department at Goldsmiths in 1981 and twice took on the role of Head of Department. His contributions to anthropology were wide ranging, spanning political economy, peasant societies, the anthropology of Brazil, historic and visual anthropology. He has left behind him a formidable body of work on Amazonia: Big Mouth: the Amazon Speaks (1990) – a ground-breaking account of the socio-economic and environmental landscapes of contemporary Amazonia,  Amazonian Caboclo Society: An Essay on Invisibility and Peasant Economy (1993) and Scoping the Amazon: Image, Icon, Ethnography (2007) – a work which focuses on problems of representation and Indigenism and Cultural Authenticity in Brazilian Amazonia (2009). This year he completed perhaps his most ambitious contribution to the political economy of the region yet with the publication of his book The Rise and Fall of the Amazon Rubber Industry: An Historical Anthropology (2018).

Steve was far more than just an Amazonianist. His interests were broad extending to questions of cognition (for example The “Peripheral Situation” 1988), the analysis of political and economic elites (see co-edited volume with Cris Shore, Elite Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives, 2003),  anthropology’s complicated relationship with cultural studies (with Cris Shore  Anthropology and Cultural Studies,1998), structural Marxism and the potential of visual methods to advance anthropological theory and practice.

Steve was also Editor-in-chief with John Gledhill of the influential journal, Critique of Anthropology and he taught for many years at the Institute of Latin American Studies At Goldsmiths he set up the MA in Visual Anthropology and more recently the BA in Anthropology and Visual Practice. He also founded and for many years directed the Centre for Visual Anthropology.  His interest in the visual was both theoretical and practical and in the last decade of his time at Goldsmiths he made three films:  Where is the Rabbi? (2001), a film about Sephardic communities living in Amazonia, Waila (2009), focused on a Tohono O’odham musician from Tucson Arizona, and Sounds Like a Vintage Guitar (2012), an exploration of the business and craft of making and faking historical electric guitars. Arguably, his anthropological sensibility informed his artistic collaborations and vice versa. How many anthropology departments can boast that one of their members collaborated with Ian Dury and wrote the iconic song ‘Billericay Dickie’ (in the album New Boots and Panties 1977)?! His colleagues always knew when Steve was in his office from the music streaming down the corridor.

Steve taught and supervised several generations of anthropologists at Goldsmiths as well as serving on numerous college committees.  His students remember him as strict but generous and supportive. Many of them have gone on to become academics and maintained long term relationships with him.  His colleagues remember him as a tireless worker on behalf of the department and of the discipline, whose sharp and acerbic wit was guaranteed to enliven every occasion. Steve’s contributions to anthropology and to Goldsmiths were remarkable and the world feels less interesting without him.

A private humanist ceremony was held for Steve Nugent’s immediate family on 16 November. The Department of Anthropology will host an event in his memory in 2019.


What next? Our tops tips for recent graduates









Your training in Anthropology provides skills, knowledge and sensibilities that are useful in pretty much any sector. Therefore, we have put together a list of top tips for recent graduates which include agencies to check out and books and podcasts to look into to help inspire your exciting journeys ahead.


General Student & Graduate Hubs to check out


Students and new alumni (for up to three years) have access to CareerSPACE at Goldsmiths University, where you can receive professional career advice, networking opportunities and access to jobs listings. Students and alumni can create an account here.



Milkround have an extensive database of graduate jobs, internships and graduate schemes that you can apply for. If you are unsure of what industry to you would like to go into, Milkround can also help in providing advice.

Employment sectors we recommend looking at

Third Sector

Flow Caritas’s main aim is to find new talent and build careers in the UK not for profit Sector. If you are looking to take on a new challenge, Harris Hill can help you find your ideal charity job. Charity People are recruiters who work with some of the biggest and smallest charities in and outside of the UK. Prospectus recruit for roles across every entry point exclusively with the not for profit sector.

Creative Industries, Art and Heritage

If you are looking to apply your anthropology knowledge and set of transferable skills within the creative industry, Creative Skillset work closely with UK based creative industries within varies environment. Join The Dots to be part of a network of ‘Makers Doers, Fixers and Dreamers’. You can upload your own portfolio of work, whether this be a film reel or PDF, you can share your work for future employers or potential collaborators to discover your work! Sign up with Arts Jobs for alerts on the most recent job opportunities within the arts and culture sector with a wide range of job roles. Specifically for Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives, do check out Museum Jobs or Heritage Jobs for the latest jobs in the independent heritage sector and beyond.

If you are looking to break into documentary film making, formerly known as Film & TV Pro, Mandy Crew helps you find the best crew jobs in pre-production, production and post-production for films & tv. More than 12,000 film and tv production companies post jobs and search our database to crew their next project

London is full of exciting museums, galleries and educational spaces such at, The Horniman Museum, The Photographers Gallery, South London Gallery, The Natural History Museum, Tate, The National Gallery, The British Museum, The British Library, Imperial War Museum, Barbican, The V&A, Southbank Centre and so many more! For current work opportunities check out their websites.

Health Sector

TPP are a UK based IT company whoes mission is to transform healthcare by improving access and empowering patients. Check out their jobs page for current vacancies and internship opportunities. Eden Brown are a recruitment agency who specialise in finding jobs within the charity and not for profit sector.



UK Government & International

Are you looking to promote a wider knowledge of the UK internationally and make positive contributions in and outside of the UK. If so, we would advise checking out The British Council who work with over 100 countries across multiple sectors.

The Civil Service offer a graduate entry scheme to help fast track leadership roles within the Civil Service. The Government Social Research profession within The Civil Service supports the development, implementation, review and evaluation of government policy. The Foreign Commonwealth Office are responsible for protecting and promoting British interests around the world. To check out the most recent opportunities with the FCO you can visit their twitter page @fcocareers.

For local government opportunities check out Jobsgopublic in public and not for profit sectors.

Digital Communications

Looking to branch out into the communications sector, Only Digital Jobs  are a niche UK jobs board dedicated to digital, web, social media and ecommerce.





Stay engaged! 

Looking for new material on how you can apply your anthropological training to your future career? We highly recommend reading ‘What Anthropologists Do’ by Veronica Strange (Berg Publishers). In each chapter Strange explores a different employment sector, asking how anthropology can be applied Advocacy, Aid, Environment, Health, Art and other career sectors.

Additional books on applying anthropology to the world of work:

Listen to AnthroPod, a podcast created by the Society for Cultural Anthropology where each episode explores what anthropologists and anthropology can teach us about people and the world.  A Story of Us was created by a group of anthropology graduates from The Ohio State University. The group explore who anthropologists are, what their role is and why it is important. The Story of Us is presented with the aim of increase the interest and understanding of anthropology.

Hairy Connections

Goldsmiths anthropologist, Emma Tarlo, joined forces with designer Alix Bizet and children from Sen8 for an afternoon exploring the world of hair. The afternoon began with a visit to the exhibition, Material Contemplations in Cloth and Hair, at the Constance Howard Gallery, curated by Emma Tarlo and Janis Jefferies. The children enjoyed feeling different types of hair (yak, dog, cat, camel and human!) and had fun trying on hair nets and testing the amazing strength of human hair rope. They saw images of hair work in India and China and learned about how hair is recycled in those countries before going on to join Alix Bizet for a hands on workshop where they learned to make felt from human hair. It was a lively, loud and enjoyable collaboration for all involved!

Emma Tarlo, has also curated an exhbition, Hair! Human Stories which will avilable to see at The Library Space in Battersea from 7 June 201. More informaiton about this can be found on the departmental events page.



Waiting for Elijah

Former Research graduate, Safet HadziMuhamedović has published his book Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape. For more information about Safet’s book you can find an introduction to it here.

About Waiting for Elijah

Waiting for Elijah is an intimate portrait of time-reckoning, syncretism, and proximity in one of the world’s most polarized landscapes, the Bosnian Field of Gacko. Centered on the shared harvest feast of Elijah’s Day, the once eagerly awaited pinnacle of the annual cycle, the book shows how the fractured postwar landscape beckoned the return of communal life that entails such waiting. This seemingly paradoxical situation—waiting to wait—becomes a starting point for a broader discussion on the complexity of time set between cosmology, nationalism, and embodied memories of proximity.




Workshops available for students!

Next week, the Academic Skills Centre will be holding a whole host of events to get you ready for the exam period. Such; Getting Started with Revision, How to Paraphrase and many more. For more information please download the poster below:

Coming Up Next Week (1)

On the Ground at Grenfell

On Monday 29th January 2018, Alice Elliot, Department of Anthropology, organised a special film screening of On the Ground at Grenfell which was followed by a Q&A with 3 of the filmmakers, Samiah Anderson, Swarzy Macaly, and Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky. On the Ground at Grenfell is a film made by 9 young people, all of whom are survivors, local residents and volunteers.

At the time of Grenfell, Stowe Films (a collective of filmmakers who met at The Stowe Youth Club 10 years ago) were making a film about the closure of the youth club when the Grenfell Tower broke out in fire, causing 71 deaths and leaving many injured and homeless. The fire directly affected members of the team therefore, they began recording testimonies of survivors, residents and volunteers, reporting and capturing unedited recordings of the atmosphere after the fire. It became the filmmakers mission to capture what the media were failing to- to give a voice to survivors and give recognition to the true heroes following on from events that took place after the fire.

To find out more about this project please visit –

The Department would like to give special thanks to all of the filmmakers and participants of the documentary and to Samiah Anderson, Swarzy Macaly, and Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky for joining us for the screening at Goldsmiths.

‘Frequency, duration and medium of advertisements for gambling…’

You can find Professor Rebecca Cassidy’s paper titled Frequency, duration and medium of advertisements for gambling and other risky products in commercial and public service broadcasts of English Premier League football online here.

Abstract for Rebecca’s paper: There is concern in the media and among public health professionals about the proliferation of advertisements for gambling and other risky products during sporting broadcasts and its potential impact on vulnerable groups including children and young people.