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Podcasts from the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. The School is renowned for its contributions to anthropological theory, its commitment to long-term ethnographic fieldwork, and its association with the Pitt Rivers Museum and the anthropology of visual and material culture. Home to over forty academic staff, over a hundred doctoral students, twelve Master’s programmes, and two undergraduate degrees (Human Sciences; Archaeology and Anthropology), Oxford anthropology is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant centres for teaching and research in the discipline. It came top of the Power (research excellence + volume) rankings for anthropology in the UK in RAE 2008.

# Episode Title Description People Date
53 Medical Anthropology at Oxford: Building Partnerships - a career path in research coordination and capacity building This presentation by Dalia Iskander, a previous student of Anthropology at Oxford, was delivered at the conference Medical Anthropology at Oxford: 10 Years at the Intersections on 23 June 2011. Dalia Iskander 25 Jul 2011
52 Medical Anthropology at Oxford: Beyond Language - Public Health Policy and Cultural Competency This presentation by Hannah Graff, a previous MPhil student at Oxford, was delivered at the conference Medical Anthropology at Oxford: 10 Years at the Intersections on 23 June 2011. Hanna Graff 25 Jul 2011
51 Medical Anthropology at Oxford: 10 Years at the Intersections - opening comments Professor Stanley Ulijaszek (School of Anthropology, Oxford) introduces 10 Years at the Intersections, a conference to celebrate 10 years of Medical Anthropology at Oxford. The conference took place 23-24 June 2011. Stanley Ulijaszek 25 Jul 2011
50 Human Sciences Symposium 2011: The Impact of Exceptional Early Cognitive Environments on Musical Development This presentation by Prof. Adam Ockelford was delivered at the 2011 Human Sciences Symposium on The Musical Brain held on 26 February in Oxford. It focuses on case studies of blind and autistic children. Adam Ockelford 25 Jul 2011
49 Human Sciences Symposium 2011: The Musical Brain - Opening Presentation On 26 February 2011, the Human Sciences Symposium focused on the The Musical Brain and the links between music, evolution and human psychology. This podcast is the opening presentation by Dr Iain Morley on Music and its Evolutionary Context. Iain Morley 25 Jul 2011
48 Social evolution in primates and other animals In this lecture, Dr Susanne Shultz (Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, Oxford) examines the social evolution of primates and other animals (10 March 2011). Susanne Shultz 06 Jun 2011
47 Late Pleistocene Demography and the Appearance of Modern Human Behaviour In this seminar for the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, Professor Mark Thomas (University College London) discusses the origins of modern human behaviour (18 May 2011). Mark Thomas 06 Jun 2011
46 Marett Memorial Lecture 2011: Beauty and the beast In this year's Marett Memorial Lecture, Professor Terence S Turner (Cornell University) discusses 'Beauty and the beast: Humanity, animality and animism in the thought of an Amazonian people' (6 May 2011). Terence S Turner 06 Jun 2011
45 Dept Seminar: Heritage, hiking and the eradication of miracles In this Anthropology Dept seminar (4 February 2011), Dr Ian Reader (University of Manchester) discuss consumerism and the sanitisation of pilgrimage from Shikoku to Santiago. Ian Reader 18 Mar 2011
44 Dept Seminar: Why do Bayaka Pygmies sing so much? In this Anthropology Dept seminar (28 January 2011), Dr Jerome Lewis (University College London) examines the place and cultural transmission of music and sound to the Bayaka Pygmies of the Central African Republic and Congo. Includes examples. Jerome Lewis 18 Mar 2011
43 Dept Seminar: Money-go-round: personal economies of wealth In this Anthropology Dept Seminar (11 February 2011), Professor Deborah James (London School of Economics) discusses the personal economies of wealth, aspiration and indebtedness in South Africa. Deborah James 18 Mar 2011
42 The Anthropology of Production In this lecture for anthropologsts and archaeologists, Professor Chris Gosde, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, examines the history and theory of production across different cultures and the difference between production and ownership. Chris Gosden 18 Mar 2011
41 Dept Seminar: Claudia's Life - Singular lives, Gypsy metonymy In this Anthropology Dept seminar (4 June 2010), Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco (University of St Andrews) looks at the place of women and marriage in Gypsy society and in ethnographic writings. Paloma Gay y Blasco 21 Feb 2011
40 Dept Seminar: Dance culture and its dislocation In this Anthropology Dept seminar (3 December 2010) Dr Felicia Hughes-Freeland (University of Swansea) discusses the relationship between cyberspace and dance. Felicia Hughes-Freeland 21 Feb 2011
39 Dept Seminar: Neo-nationalism five years later In this Anthropology Dept seminar (26 November 2010), Prof. Gingrich (University of Vienna) examines a return to 'indigineity' in Central Europe. Andre Gingrich 21 Feb 2011
38 Dept Seminar: The power of felted cloth through time and space In this Anthropology Dept seminar (19 November 2010), Dr Stephanie Bunn (University of St Andrews) examines the production and design of Eurasian felt, placing it in a domestic context. Stephanie Bunn 21 Feb 2011
37 Dept Seminar: Forms of detachment and ethical regard In this Anthropology dept seminar (29 October 2010), Dr James Laidlaw (University of Cambridge) focuses on forms of detachment in North India, including the role of the anthropologist as observer. James Laidlaw 21 Feb 2011
36 Dept Seminar: Kerala Muslim marriage, gender, and intimacy In this Anthropology Dept Seminar (22 October 2010), Dr Caroline Osella (SOAS, London) discusses the influence of migrant husbands on Kerala Muslim marriage and female households. Caroline Osella 21 Feb 2011
35 Money, Bodies, Materialism and Virtuality In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Dr David Graeber of Goldsmiths, London, examines the history of death and money and how the two can combine. David Graeber 23 Nov 2010
34 The Elementary School Teacher, the Thug, and his Grandmother: Brokers and Transnational Migration In this Anthropology Departmetal Seminar (February 2010) Associate Prof. Johan Lindquist (Stockholm University) discusses forced migration in Indonesia and its impact on male and female workers. Johan Lindquist 23 Nov 2010
33 Interview with Professor Byron J Good, 2010 Marett Lecturer Byron J. Good, Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School, delivered the 2010 Marett Lecture at Exeter College, Oxford. He was first interviewed by Nick Shapiro (ISCA) about his life and work. Byron J Good 23 Nov 2010
32 Religion and change (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 5) 5/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'. David Zeitlyn 04 Nov 2010
31 Talking about Somié: from the social to the individual and back (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 4) 4/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'. David Zeitlyn 04 Nov 2010
30 Talking about Diko: introducing a woman, and means of researching a life (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 3) 3/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'. David Zeitlyn 04 Nov 2010
29 Writing history, talking historically: problems of biography, autobiography and social history (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 2) 2/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'. David Zeitlyn 04 Nov 2010
28 Sample of One: joining the queue (2003-04 Evans-Pritchard Lecture 1) 1/5. In Autumn 2003 Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) presented the 2003/2004 Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The theme was 'The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somi, Cameroon, in the Twentieth Century'. David Zeitlyn 04 Nov 2010
27 Race, kinship, genetics and the ambivalence of identity A paper presented at the University of Oxford School of Anthropology Departmental Seminar on Friday 15 October 2010 by Professor Peter Wade, University of Manchester. Peter Wade 27 Oct 2010
26 What is social anthropology? First lecture of the series 'Introduction to anthropological theory' given to first year students on the Oxford BA degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology and in Human Sciences. Lecture given Tuesday 12 October 2010. Marcus Banks 27 Oct 2010
25 An Africanist's Legacy: Responsibilised citizens? - Discourses and practices around care of the self among HIV positive people in Tanzania Presented by Dr Nadine Beckmann (Leeds) at 'An Africanist's Legacy - A Workshop in Celebration of the Work of David Parkin', held at the School of Anthropology, Oxford, 8-9 July 2010. Nadine Beckmann 24 Aug 2010
24 An Africanist's Legacy: Performing fragmentary movements - perspectives on the life-history of a Muslim dancer-choreographer Presented by Asst. prof. Zulfiker Hirji (University of York, Toronto) at 'An Africanist's Legacy - A Workship in Celebration of the Work of David Parkin', held at The School of Anthropology, Oxford, 8-9 July 2010. Zulfiker Hirji 24 Aug 2010
23 An Africanist's Legacy: Credit societies and the search for school fees in Uganda Presented by Dr David Mills (Oxford) at 'An Africanist's Legacy - A Workshop in Celebration of the Work of David Parkin' held at Oxford, 8-9 July 2010. Co-authored by Richard Vokes. David Mills 24 Aug 2010
22 Part 1: Studying Anthropology at Oxford Current graduate students in the School of Anthropology at Oxford University talk about what it is like to study anthropology at Oxford and the different graduate degrees available. Jennie Rothera, Sophie Chao, Darryl Stellmach, Santhy Balachandran 12 Jul 2010
21 Part 2: Studying at Oxford Current students at the Department of Anthropology talk about what studying in Oxford is like, including choice of college and resources. Jennie Rothera, Sophie Chao, Darryl Stellmach, Santhy Balachandran 12 Jul 2010
20 Creative Commons Obesity: A Personal View Stanley Ulijaszek, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford gives a Nutritional Anthropology talk on Obesity in different cultures around the world. Stanley Ulijaszek 12 Jul 2010
19 Cognition, Religion and Theology Justin Barrett gives a talk for the Cognition, Religion and Theology Project Conference, held at Merton College on the 28th-30th June 2010. Justin Barrett 12 Jul 2010
18 Tibetan Vampire Slayers in Nepal Dr Charles Ramble, of the Oxford University Oriental Institute, gives an Anthropology Departmental Seminar entitled The Mysterious Reluctance of Tibetan Vampire Slayers in Nepal (12 March 2010). Charles Ramble 12 Jul 2010
17 Creative Commons Measurement of Bodily Transformations (1 Feb 2010) Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, gave a talk on 1 February 2010 as part of the Medical Anthropology Research Seminar Series. It was entitled 'Measurement of Bodily Transformations'. Stanley Ulijaszek 15 Jun 2010
16 Dying for Islam: An Alternative History (12 Feb 2010) Dr Faisal Devji, from the Department of History and Anthropology at St Antony's College, Oxford, gave an Anthropology Departmental Seminar on 12 February 2010 entitled 'Dying for Islam: An Alternative History. Faisal Devji 15 Jun 2010
15 Creative Commons Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 5: Political Ecology of Food Security (15 March 2010) Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, gave a lecture on 15 March 2010 forming part of the Nutritional Anthropology lecture series. It was entitled 'Political Ecology of Food Security'. Stanley Ulijaszek 15 Jun 2010
14 Creative Commons Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 4: Intensification of subsistence (10 Feb 2010) Stanley Ulijaszek, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, delivers his fourth lecture in the Nutritional Anthropology series. This lecture focuses on agriculture and pastoralism. Stanley Ulijaszek 27 May 2010
13 Interview with Evans-Pritchard Lecturer Dr Charles Stewart (13 May 2010) Dr Charles Stewart (UCL) is interviewed by Anthropology graduate student Ana Ranitovic at All Souls, Oxford, about his longterm interest in dreams and historical consciousness in modern Greece. Charles Stewart 27 May 2010
12 Neither Freud nor Artemidorous, Evans-Pritchard Lecture by Charles Stewart (27 April 2010) The first Evans-Pritchard Lecture for 2010, presented at All Souls College on 27 April by Dr Charles Stewart (UCL). The series theme was Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece. Charles Stewart 27 May 2010
11 Facial tattooing among Drung women in Southwest China Facial tattooing is essentially a transition to what is and ought to be a woman. Gender performativity is associated with the materiality of the body: it is in fact the tattoo that makes a woman. Stéphane Gros 12 Apr 2010
10 Qigong Deviation as a Diplomatic Disaster What has acknowledging the human-like qualities of 'qi' to do with preventing and treating qigong malpractice? Chee Han Lim 12 Apr 2010
9 Creative Commons Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 3: Hunter-gatherer diet (5 Feb 2010) In this third Nutritional Anthropology lecture, Professor Stanley Ulijaszek (ISCA, Oxford) discusses hunter-gatherer subsistence ecology and its relevance to the modern world. Stanley Ulijaszek 07 Apr 2010
8 Medical anthropology: Famine, food crisis and living standards in North Korea (25 Jan 2010) Dr Daniel Jong Schwekendiek (ISCA, Oxford) examines the methodology and evidence for determining who has been 'better off' in North Korea between the 1940s and 2000s. Daniel Jong Schwekendiek 07 Apr 2010
7 Anthropology seminar: Indigenous capitalism in Upland Indonesia (5 Feb 2010) Based on numerous field research trips over the last 20 years, Prof. Li (University of Toronto) describes how much attitudes and horizons have changed in this remote, mountainous area. Tania Murray Li 07 Apr 2010
6 Creative Commons Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 2: Nutritional Quality and Child Growth Professor Stanley Ulijaszek (Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford) discusses nutritional factors that impact on the growth of children across the globe. Stanley Ulijaszek 10 Mar 2010
5 Anthropology seminar: Re-Tooling a Body with The Body Assistant Professor Adam Frank (University of Central Arkansas) describes Three Ways of Teaching Tajiquan to the White Guy. Adam Frank 10 Mar 2010
4 Medical Anthropology: Drink me... Take me... Read me... Mark Lawrence, Director of First Read This (an Oxford company that aims to promote patient information leaflets), discusses how following instructions makes the patient feel better. Mark Lawrence 10 Mar 2010
3 League of Nations; Minority Regime as Anthropological Object Jane K Cowan (Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Sussex) on rethinking minority, nationality, the international and international governance through history in an effort to understand the League of Nations in terms of anthropology. Jane K. Cowan 18 Feb 2010
2 People Losing Credit: Models and Innovation in Finance Dr Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor of the Financial Times gives a talk as part of the Ethnicity and Identity Seminar series on her experience of working for the Financial Times and how her background in Anthropology helps her in her journalistic work. Gillian Tett 18 Feb 2010
1 Creative Commons Nutritional Anthropology Lecture 1: What is the natural human diet? Professor Stanley Ulijaszek of the School of Anthropology gives a talk on the 'natural' human diet, and asks whether we, people living in an industrialised society, should be trying to follow the natural diet. Recorded 22nd January 2010. Stanley Ulijaszek 18 Feb 2010