Monday, October 11, 2010

Diary for October 2010

MONDAY 11th October- Sewing in Wartime

Running until the 16th October is a great exhibition at the Quilt Museum and Art Gallery which looks at the production of material culture amongst Canadian men and women during the Second World War. In collaboration with Canada House, the exhibition features Canadian Red Cross Quilts and other patch worked and quilted pieces. The quilts tell the stories of Canadian needlewomen who made and donated thousands of quilts to the British war relief using their ingenuity and creativity at finding resources and materials that were available at that time. Visit this website for more information about the history and development of the quilts. The exhibition is free. Everyone welcome.

MONDAY 11th October- London Street Photography

The Museum of London is hosting an exhibition bringing together 19th century and contemporary photographs looking at ways in which street life has changed in the city and how photography has influenced how people relate and identify themselves with the city. The exhibition is free and runs until September2011. For more information visit this website.

TUESDAY 12th October- 22nd October- Exhibit yourself through things

If you were asked to choose an object that gave some insight into your life, who you are, your interests, quirks and familiarities what would that be? Would you want to share it with others? The Wellcome Collection has launched a new public engagement exhibition called Things. The aim of the exhibition is to update Henry Wellcome's curious collection but also to find out the meaning of objects that form part of our everyday lives. You can take part in the collection by donating, lending or submitting a photograph of your thing. The objects will form part of the exhibition.The exhibition is free and open to all. Visit this website for more information.

TUESDAY 12th October- 22nd October-The 4th Native Spirit Festival

Today marks the beginning of the 2010 Native Spirit Festival of Indigenous Peoples. Running until the 22nd October the festival includes films, talks and performances celebrating and exploring Indigenous cultures and the protection of their rights. For a full programme of events visit:

WEDNESDAY 13th October- SOAS Anthropology of Development Seminar

Today from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the Brunei Gallery, Caroline Harper associate director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre and a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, will be giving a presentation entitled Gender, Chronic Poverty and Social Justice. Caroline has over 20 years of experience working with organisations such as Save the Children, UNICEF and ODI on issues regarding childhood poverty, youth exclusion, empowerment and policy processes. You can read more about her work and research background here. The seminar is free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY 13th OCTOBER- Road to Las Vegas

Insight education in collaboration with Rise films and UCL are hosting a free film screening of Road to Las Vegas directed by Jason Massot. The film documents the journey of an African American couple with five kids from Alaska who take to the road in order to find work in Las Vegas. "Filmed over four years through boom and bust, this is a tale of infidelity, drugs, poverty, infinite promises and new beginnings". The event will take place between 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Archaeology Theatre, Department of Anthropology, entrance 14 Taviton Street. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director. Everyone welcome.

THURSDAY 14th October- Gender Health and Wellbeing

Today from 2pm onwards, Yiu-Tung Seun from the Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford will be giving a lecture entitled: Men on their own: revisiting assumptions on masculinities, singlehood and health. The seminar will take place in Seminar Room 1, ODID, University of Oxford. Entrance is free, all welcome.

THURSDAY 14th October-Agrarian Change Seminar

Today from 5:15pm in Room 4421 (fourth floor main building) in SOAS, Lucia Da Corta from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will be delivering a talk entitled: Agrarian Change, Gender Transformations and Poverty in Tanzania. The seminar is free and everyone welcome.

FRIDAY 15th October- Assembling Bodies

Today from 4:00pm onwards at the University of Manchester's Place Theatre Dr. Anita Herle Senior Curator of World Anthropology at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, will be giving the first public lecture in Social Anthropology this month. Anita's talk is entitled: Assembling bodies: Art, Science and Imagination Displaying the technologies that make bodies visible. The seminar is free and everyone welcome.

TUESDAY 19th October- Annual Ethnobotany Lecture 2010

Today at 5pm at Kew's Jodrell Laboratory (Jodrell Gate, Kew Road) is a lecture entitled Dynamics of ethnobotanical knowledge in a globalizing world: the Tsimane people of the Bolivian Amazon. The lecture will be given by Victoria Reyes- Garcia, from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Admission is free, everyone welcome.

WEDNESDAY 20th October- SOAS Anthropology of Development Seminar

Today from 1:00pm-3:00pm Scarlett Epstein, director of (Practical Education and Gender Support) and SESAC (Scarlett Epstein Social Assessment Consultancy) presents a talk entitled The need to redress Rural/Urban Development Imbalances. During the 1950s Scarlett was at the forefront of development anthropology, throughout her extensive career, Scarlett has worked as a researcher, consultant and adviser amongst numerous other roles. To find out more about Scarlett's work, you can download this interview conducted in 2004, by Professor Alan MacFarlane's.

FRIDAY 22nd October-24th October- Bloomsbury Festival

Bloomsbury Festival is a chance to celebrate music, cultural events, dance and activities which bring together people who live and work in this wonderful area of London. Bloomsbury hosts many cultural organisations and leading academic institutions such as UCL, British Museum, Welcome Trust, SOAS, Birkbeck and Royal Anthropological Institute as well as important galleries, hospitals and a wealth of other private, public and charity organisations. The festival has over 1000 people working across disciplines to share ideas, experience and expertise with each other and the general public. The majority of events are free and open to all. To find out more about the festival and programme of events visit this website.

FRIDAY 15th October- Christian Freedom and Christian Fixity

Today from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Seligman Library (Old Building) Dr. Jon Bialecki from the University of California San Diego will be discussing his research on the practices and beliefs of Southern Californian Third Wave and Emergent Christians analysing how their constructions of personhood affect their political and economic practices. The title of this seminar is Christian Freedom and Christian Fixity: Evangelical telos and anti-telos in Southern California and beyond. Everyone welcome.

FRIDAY 22nd October- Money-Go-Round

Today from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Seligman Library (Old Building) Professor Deborah James from London School of Economics will be presenting a seminar entitled: Money-go-round: personal economies of wealth, aspiration and indebtedness in South Africa. Deborah is a specialist in anthropology of South and Southern Africa. The majority of her fieldwork has been conducted in Mpumalanga and Northern Provinces. Her research interests include the contestations between state and market driven ideologies in relation to land ownership use and governance and issues relating to reproductive health and HIV-AIDS.

FRIDAY 29th October- Creating Lasting Love

Today from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Seligman Library (Old Building) PhD Candidate Victoria Boydell (LSE) will be presenting a seminar entitled Creating lasting love: a study of contraceptive practice in Central London family planning clinic. Everyone welcome

FRIDAY 29th October- Catching Shadows

As part of their Friday Lates programme the V&A will hold an event from 6:30pm-10pm tonight featuring talks, tours, installations and screenings focusing on the 'Shadow Catchers' exhibition. The Shadow Catchers exhibition presents the work of five artists who create images on photographic paper without the use of a camera, either through casting shadows, using chemical treatment or manipulating light. Find out more about the exhibition through this website. To book your place for this evening call 08445 79190.

FRIDAY 29th October- 30th October- Ethnographic Filmmaking in the Making

The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute and the International Centre for Contemporary Cultural Research have put together a fantastic film programme exploring topics such as faith-healers, refugee musicians, and diasporic communities. Over the next two days a series of films will be screened from 10:00am- 6:30pm at the Aga Khan University on Euston Road. Full details of the films and filmmakers can be found here. Registration is £10 for a full day. To register your place contact:

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