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October 2010

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Anthropology Fieldwork Series Launched

BSix is one of the first colleges in the country to offer Social Anthropology – the study of other cultures and ways of life. Anthropologists undertake ‘field work’ – extended stays in other cultures in order to understand their values, way of life, beliefs and codes.

BSeven has organised a programme in which major anthropologists visits our college to talk about their field work.

The opening speaker was Jean La Fontaine, emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the LSE. She spoke to our students about how she came to be an anthropologist and her experiences when studying witchcraft and Satanism. The second session was delivered by Peter Loizos, also a professor in the subject at the LSE. He spoke to our students about his fieldwork in Cyprus with a group of war refugees. Professor Loizos donated signed copies of two of his books ‘The heart grown bitter’ and ‘Unofficial views: Cyprus, Society and Politics’.

Students find that these talks give a real insight into what anthropologists do and think. Forthcoming topics include: Christian fundamentalism in Brazil and indigenous movements in Bolivia and Peru.