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Curating Development- Autumn Term Seminar Series

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Curating Development, the Department of Anthropology’s autumn term seminar series will be running from 4th October – 13th December, 3pm-5pm.

Development is a highly contested term and set of processes, but at some level presupposes the possibility of social change and the material enhancement of people’s welfare and wellbeing. We ask, how might artistic, visual and curatorial practices and events contribute to development and/or provide a fora and platform for critical social and political engagement and interventions with these processes?

This seminar series is sponsored by the AHRC and Research and Enterprise Committee at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Free entry all welcome!

Full speakers list:

4 October – RHB 143

Si se puede- new narratives of indebtedness through protest art

Maka Suarez, National Education

University, Ecuador

11 October – RHB 143

The art of post-development: seeing

from the South

Macarena Gomez-Barris, Global South Center, Pratt Institute, New York

18 October – RHB 143

Tropenmuseum in a time of post-development

Wayne Modesto, Tropenmuseum &

VU University Amsterdam

1 November – RHB 143

Photographic encounters: creative engagement with migration in Morocco

Sébastien Bachelet and Laura Jeffery,

University of Edinburgh

15 November – RHB 143

Sink or swim:  participatory videos directed by

domestic workers, refugees/asylum seekers, and ethnic minorities in Hong Kong

Vivian Wenli Lin, Voices of Women Media and Julie Ham, University of Hong Kong

22 November – RHB 304

Curating development:  Filipino migrants’ investments in Philippine futures

Mark Johnson, Goldsmiths, Deirdre McKay, Keele University and Gabriela Nicolescu, Goldsmiths

29 November – RHB 143

The developmental: aesthetic and ethic in Philippine curatorial work

Patrick Flores, Jorge B Vargas Museum,

University of the Philippines

6 December – RHB 143

Curating the Dharavi project, Mumbai

Ben Parry, Bath Spa University and

Vinod Shetty, Acorn Foundation, India

13 December – RHB 143

Excavating an archive: interrogations, tactics and strategies in the development of a long-term photographic project

Paul Halliday, Goldsmiths

For more information please visit the departments event page 

Welcome all new postgraduate students!

Welcome all new postgraduate students, thank you coming to your inductions and joining us in the Anthropology garden for a sunny picnic! Here are a few snaps!

Professor Emma Tarlo wins 1st Prize

Professor Emma Tarlo from the Department of Anthropology wins 1st Prize in the 2017 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing. Emma’s book Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair, 2016 Oneworld Press, was chosen due the demonstration of displaying a unique and diverse approach in her research.

The full list of prize winners can be found on the main website for Society of Humanistic Anthropology.



Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair, 2016 Oneworld Press has been republished in hardback and can be purchased from Blackwell’s


Welcome all new undergraduate students!

A big welcome to all of our new students, its been a great morning meeting you all for inductions! Here are a few snaps from the BBQ

The U.K.’s Growing Gambling Problem

‘Academic research into gambling was “a second-rate field” because of the proliferation of industry-financed research projects’ Professor Rebecca Cassidy raises is New York Times.

Read full article here

Lords debate 14th September 2017

Watch this snippet of the Lords debate on the impact of gambling ads on children, from 14th September 2017 in which Professor Rebecca Cassidy’s research is discussed.

Podcast of Professor Pat Caplan lecture: Gifts, entitlements, benefits and surplus: interrogating food poverty and food aid in the UK

Listen to Professor Pat Caplan, Department of Anthropology, deliver the 2017 Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture which was given on 24th May, University of Oxford. Title of lecture, Gifts, entitlements, benefits and surplus: interrogating food poverty and food aid in the UK. Pat has also started a blog, titled Food Poverty UK, follow keep up to date on Pat’s work and why she launched a blog on food poverty in the UK.

Download podcast

Food Poverty UK blog: 

Spotlight on student: Hermione Russell, MA Visual Anthropology

Still from Hermione Russell’s film ‘India Hope: A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman’










Following a competitive submission period, Hermione Russell’s film ‘India Hope: A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman’, has been selected to premiere at the 75th anniversary of Listen to Britain 2017 on 17th September at the BFI Southbank, shortly to be followed on BBC4 on 24th September at 9pm.

Hermione’s film is a portrait of a 24 year old female poet and artist with Down’s Syndrome.  Through the affecting and sometimes brutal honesty of her words we encounter a young woman who refuses to be contained within the moniker of a syndrome. In listening to these words we encounter an alternative perspective, which invites us to consider the value of both our differences and our similarities.

For more information please visit BBC website and Wingspan Productions.

Guest blog post- Bethany Loft, second year Anthropology and Media & Communications student

Photo credit to TEDxUCLWomen

My name is Bethany and I’m about to enter my second year of studying Anthropology & Media at Goldsmiths. I found out about the opportunity to join the TEDxUCLWomen 2017 team through the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths and am now on the hospitality team for this year’s event. Our team organises the warm up event, the catering and the goody bags as well as being responsible for the attendees’ experience on the day.

TEDxUCLWomen is in its fourth year and is run solely by volunteers. There’s a great atmosphere and collaborative spirit between the team and you get the opportunity to learn and develop the necessary skills to help create such an awesome event. Whilst TEDxUCLWomen is primarily based around UCL and their community, there are people involved from many other universities and we hope to broaden the reach of the event further this year.

Photo credit to TEDxUCLWomen

TEDxUCLWomen have created an event that enables the sharing of ideas and knowledge and creates a space where changing opinions, empowering individuals and building a community is possible. The event is happening in November and we aim to make it as accessible and inclusive as possible. The theme for the event this year is ‘home’, it’s a really relevant topic to current events and the (unreleased) speaker list reflects upon many of the challenges and great progress that is happening.


Photo credit to TEDxUCLWomen

Taking part in TEDxUCLWomen is a rewarding experience for many reasons, working amongst a team of incredibly talented individuals who work hard to create a wide-reaching event is a great initiative.  As part of the team, we get to suggest potential speakers and help shape the experience of the attendees in ways which matter to us. Knowing how much thought and work goes into planning and selecting the speakers and the event, I have to recommend coming and seeing for yourself all the amazing speakers which will be there!

You can stay updated about the exciting announcements to be made through the Facebook Event Page. For more information about TEDxUCLWoman please visit their Facebook and Twitter page.