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In the media – Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis (Department of Anthropology) and Billy Gerard Frank have been selected to exhibit exhibition Epic Memory for the Grenada Pavilion at this years Venice Biennale. Dave Lewis says “When I was thinking about it, I was thinking about the time on Earth which my father spent. He’s 100 years old now. I was thinking about the fragments – which Derek Walcott talks about in his poem – which exist within the house. Sometimes it’s the small things, like the beads that separate the rooms, the doily covers, which I would never have in my home. We see it and it fires off these memories. It’s really important to capture them through still image, something we can contemplate.”

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Short film by Ricardo Leizaola about Dave Lewis and his exhibition

Wales Youth Forum on Gambling

On Thursday 27th June, the first youth forum on gambling was held which featured global experts, interactive discussions, debates, professional sports personalities and academic researchers, including Professor Rebecca Cassidy from the Department of Anthropology, all with the aim of engaging with a younger generation on the topic of gambling. Watch the video which captures activities from the day.

In the media
Watch a snippet on ITV news Wales which discusses the forum (8 minutes and 30 seconds).


Last week the GRACE  team held its end of project conference in Utrecht, Gender and Cultures of In/Equality in Europe:  Visions, Poetics, Strategies.  Led by Dr Suzanne Clisby, Senior Research Fellow and co-director of the sister project GlobalGRACE, based in anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, the GRACE project brought together fifteen EU funded doctoral researchers from across Europe to investigate what equality means and the ways various cultures of equality are made and remade in the European context today. These studies range from the examination of documentary cinema, theatre, poetry slams and science fiction, to disability politics and trans visual poetics, Islamic feminisms, Syrian women’s diasporic writing, the experiences of women in boxing, and the analysis of the role of social media and reproductive health apps in social change. Together, these studies provide a unique lens through which we can think about the processes and practices, as well as the challenges and dilemmas, that create, enable and contest cultures of in/equality.

Prof J Neil C Garcia, University of the Philippines, delivering GRACE conference key note response

Marking international women’s day, the end of project conference not only brought together scholars and activists from across the world to interrogate and challenge equality discourses and practices but also to celebrate the launch of an exhibition and a feminist smartphone app curated and designed by the GRACE researchers at CASCO Art Institute –  The exhibition, entitled Footnotes on Equality, may be visited via its online platform – – and the app, Quotidian, may downloaded from Play Store – or the App Store.

The GRACE project also saw the launch of What is Left Unseen, at Central Museum, Utrecht, that seeks through new forms of exhibition making to, ‘expose the white male gaze that, for centuries, has determined what and how we see in the museum’

What is Left Unseen is part of the Museum of Equality and Difference (MOED) ––  that also emerged out of and is inspired by the GRACE and GlobalGRACE projects and that brings together ‘artistic perspectives on equality and difference that strive for social change’.

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.

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.



Business of Hair

Listen to Emma Tarlo‘s interview on RTS Radio talk about the ‘business of hair’ where she talks about the global market for hair.

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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.