ISCA is a leading centre for anthropological teaching and research in the UK and the world. Originally established as the only centre in the UK specialising in postgraduate teaching and research within the discipline, it continues to supervise large numbers of graduate and research students.
Welcome to 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, eight 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 both in RAE 2008 and in the 2014 REF. In this last research assessment exercise, the department submitted 56 people, making it by some way the largest in the country, with the highest number of top-rated publications, an excellent research environment, and very strong research 'impact'. Whatever aspect of anthropology interests you, you will probably find it here: please browse the links below to explore the wide range of research and teaching available.
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'Historians without history' and 'Using history to build a better society' - Seshat: Global History Databank events held at the School during October 2015
'Historians without History'. On 8 October 2015, a group of archaeologists, historians, and...More >
‘Key themes in Anthropology’. Article on ‘Anthropology, Photography and the Archive’ by Marcus Banks and Richard Vokes is available for free online access until the end of the year
The 2010 introduction to a special issue of History and Anthropology by Marcus Banks and former...More >
'Drink the juice' - Washington Post and New York Times articles refer to research carried out by ISCA on Chinese medicinal plants
The Washington Post article 'How a secret Chinese military drug based on an ancient herb won the Nobel...More >
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A Mediating Capacity: Amandla, sustenance, and transformations of labour in the contemporary South African countryside
Location: Seminar Room, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN AbstractIn this presentation, Dr... More >
In the Land of the War Canoes / In Search of the Hamat’sa (Edward Curtis, 1914, 47 mins / Aaron Glass 2004, 33 mins)
Curtis's film is well-known - a fictional tale of love lost and gained, witchcraft and potlatch,... More >