Wednesday 18 May saw Oxford Brookes University host the 6th annual Royal Anthropological Institute Student Research Conference. The event was open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the UK and provided a fantastic opportunity to explore the broad range of research being carried out within the theme of ‘Anthropology in the 21st Century’. Congratulations go out to Oxford Brookes Anthropology Society for preparing such a successful event!
Students presented papers and posters on a huge range of topics from ‘The Social, Cultural and Educational Dynamics of ‘Change’ in the Lives of 21st Century University Leavers in London and New York City’ (John Loewenthal) and ‘Creating and Navigating LGBT Subjectives in Kingston, Jamaica: an analysis of an ethnolocalised concept of navigating nonnormative sexualities as situated in an already globalized world’ (David Lowis); to ‘Red Kites and Rewilding: Exploring how Anthropology and Conservation can come together in the 21st Century’ (Miranda Strubel) and ‘Growing beyond the limits: an analysis of the cooperative underpinnings in the Neolithic Demographic Transition of Southwest Asia’ (Mattia Cartolano).
The day finished with a keynote speech from Oxford Brookes’ own Professor Jeremy MacClancy on ‘Anthropology and the Civil Service’ and the work that anthropologists can do outside of academia. This was followed with a wine reception where students, presenters, and staff had the opportunity to network and socialise.