About the project

What can we learn about anthropology and anthropologists from their bookshelves? What glimpses of their lives can be found in the ethnographies, films and unusual objects that threaten to spill from their shelves? Do they lend books? Do they mourn lost ones? How do the collections reflect the evolution of interest and careers?

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Michael Yorke

Dr. Michael Yorke is an anthropologist, photographer and documentary filmmaker. After hitchhiking in India in 1962 he decided to become an anthropologist, specialising in South Asia. He has always wanted to engage people in the understanding of the ‘other’ which is evident in his work and ethnographic pieces on tribal culture. His films and visual... Continue Reading →

Jo Setchell

Professor Jo Setchell is fascinated by all areas of evolutionary anthropology, but her key interests are centred around primatology. Jo teaches evolutionary anthropology at Durham University but also still conducts research on primates such as Mandrills in Gabon.  Her book, Studying Primates: How to Design, Conduct and Report Primatological Research has just been published this... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Films Featuring Anthropologists

Dr Gavin Weston is an anthropologists at Goldsmiths University. He wrote an article in 2015, alongside Jamie F. Lawson, Mwenza Blell and John Hayton, in which they analysed the reputation of anthropologists in film. Gavin watched many films to featuring anthropology for this research and concluded that typically anthropologists act as an intermediary between two... Continue Reading →

Mathew Leonard

Dr Mathew Leonard is an anthropologist and archaeologist who focuses on modern conflict, in particular that of the First and Second World War. Taking a cohesive interdisciplinary approach to his work, he looks to understand the human senses in these landscapes and time period. Evie: You do not label yourself as solely an anthropologist, your field... Continue Reading →

Cris Shore

             Dr Cris Shore is a professor of Social Anthropology and Head of Department at Goldsmiths University. His work spans several fields including EU institutions and policies, the state, nationalism, elites, corruption, higher education, the rise of ‘audit culture’ and the anthropology of policy. Dr Shore’s work engages with issues in political anthropology, European ethnography and... Continue Reading →

Calum Mathison

Calum Mathison is a recent Anthropology graduate from Roehampton and is preparing to start his masters at Manchester this year. Calum’s main areas of research are magic, witchcraft and religion. His dissertation was titled ‘The Internet and Communities of Witchcraft belief; The impact of the Democratization of ritual knowledge’. I spoke to Calum over Skype... Continue Reading →

Emma Tarlo

Professor Emma Tarlo – Goldsmiths University   Professor Emma Tarlo teaches Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology and the Visual and Anthropology and Visual Practice at undergraduate level alongside two MA courses at Goldsmiths University in London.  Her research into Muslim dress in both Britain and Europe – documented in Visibly Muslim: Fashion, Politics, Faith – explores not… Continue Reading →

Undergraduates’ bookshelves

Conrad’s bookshelves Conrad Leaton Gray, Hannah Kinsell, Oli Chequers, and Emma Cook are all third-year undergraduate anthropologists studying for their bachelors at Goldsmiths University. Conrad’s points of interest are primarily based on how people engage with technology, more specifically, how technology influences culture. Hannah’s current research involves Anthropological approaches to history, queer studies, and medical (specifically... Continue Reading →

Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan

  Dr Gabriel Dattatreyan is a Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths University.  His audio-visual and written work engages with the ways in which digital media consumption, production and circulation shape understandings of migration, gender, race and urban space. Gabriel has published articles exploring digital media worlds in relation to, amongst other themes... Continue Reading →

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