Past Research Projects


Past research projects within the Department of Anthropology

Adom Philogene Heron, 2013 / Loubiere, Dominica - Street Scene

Inequality and Affirmative Action in South Asia

This British Academy UK-South Asia Partnership seeks to analyse debates over affirmative action in India and Nepal and to consider their implications for emerging policy making in both countries.

The three year collaboration was led by Goldsmiths, University of London, UK; Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India and Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Other key institutions involved are University of Cambridge, UK; Institute of Education, London and Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi.

There are 6 core researchers based in Anthropology (Goldsmiths, Tribhuvan University and University of Cambridge), in Political Studies (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Education, Policy and Society (Institute of Education) and Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (Jamia Millia Islamia).

The Final Conference of this three year partnership was held 18-20 July 2012 in Kathmandu

The partnership is linked with the following research and policy organisations:

British Academy 

Indian Institute of Dalit Studies

Asian Development Research Institute 

Jawaharlal Nehru University 

Tribhuvan University

Institute of Education, University of London

University of Cambridge

Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts

Funded by the European Research Council for a period of 4 years (2009-2013), the project investigates through detailed ethnographic case studies, how legal activity has influenced efforts at peace-building and social reconciliation after the Yugoslav conflicts of the 1990's and the Spanish civil war respectively.

Dr Sari Wastell

Visual Anthropology and Musicians' Lives

Through the Centre for Visual Anthropology, documentaries on diverse aspects of musical production are underway. Two completed films are Waila: the Music of the Tohono O’odham and Sounds Like a Vintage Guitar: a documentary about old guitars. 

Prof Stephen Nugent

Mafia Island by Professor Pat Caplan

The first Mafia Island website was put up in 2002 after my fifth fieldwork visit to the island. It was available in both English and Kiswahili. It was revised in 2004 after another visit, and a Historical Photo Gallery was added in 2010 after my last visit there.

Between that time and the present, the website disappeared due to the changing systems and protocols on the Goldsmiths website. However, it is still viewable in both English and Kiswahili on an archive site.

I decided to revive the site as a historical document of Mafia as it was during the first decade of this century. In doing so, I have adjusted tenses in the text and added more photos. 

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