Stephen D. Nash’s Darwin and Friends (1980) and untitled drawing (1980s): The mobility of art objects

By Lakshmi Tran • BA History of Art UCL Anthropology keeps two artworks of Stephen D. Nash within its collection: Darwin and Friends (1980) and untitled (1980s). The first, a large oil painting, located in the foyer of the department and represents the primate order; an iconic subject within anthropology. I encountered the second artwork… Continue reading Stephen D. Nash’s Darwin and Friends (1980) and untitled drawing (1980s): The mobility of art objects

Guatemala’s Recycler Women Champion Environmentalism

By Deimante Lersten • MSc Anthropology, Environment, and Development (alumnus) A group of Indigenous Mayan women are helping curb a plastic pollution crisis in their village, while breaking gender stereotypes and embracing their identity of protectors of the environment. The recycling treatment plant was once an old municipal laundry, situated in San Juan La Laguna,… Continue reading Guatemala’s Recycler Women Champion Environmentalism

Coronavirus vs Face Masks: Victims of Our Own Successes

By Elaine Wong • BSc Anthropology (alumnus) To mask or not to mask? That is the question.Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE and Brandon Mercer (2018) Even though more common and severe diseases have been around for much longer, the new coronavirus, COVID-19, has made buying face masks an extreme sport. By dividing the number of confirmed cases… Continue reading Coronavirus vs Face Masks: Victims of Our Own Successes

Transforming Dolphins and Transforming Landscapes: An Ethnography of Contemporary Myth-Telling in the Colombian Amazon

By Camilla French • MSc Social Anthropology (alumnus) Everyone wants to know about the dolphins. The truth is they are people. In fact if you see their bodies, they have a chest just like people, the female dolphin has genitals just like a woman. We are told to be weary of them because they are… Continue reading Transforming Dolphins and Transforming Landscapes: An Ethnography of Contemporary Myth-Telling in the Colombian Amazon

Revisiting Paradise: A Brief and Beautiful Recollection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Jamaica

By Kelly Barrett • BSc Anthropology My parents sat under a coconut tree Landing into Montego Bay Airport is a sight that is truly unimaginable. Greeted with tropical waters and vast green land, you surrender to the beauty without having stepped on the Island yet. Due to the high amount of biodiversity, the local Jamaicans… Continue reading Revisiting Paradise: A Brief and Beautiful Recollection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Jamaica