The Anthropology Division recently hosted a Taster Day for year 12 and 13 students from local schools to give them an opportunity to find out what Anthropology is all about, and also to experience first-hand what it’s like to study this subject at University. Participants took part in a series of interactive mini-lectures and watched short films, drawn from the real life fieldwork experiences of Brunel Anthropologists. The event was supported by Bentley Wood High School, Stanmore, and the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), and was attended by participants from 15 schools.
Workshop topics included:
- Can animals be persons? Anthropological approaches to human-animal relations
- Being a man: gender, sex and pink finger nails in South India and beyond
- Can what we consider offensive language be a friendly greeting in some countries?
- Anthropology and the Marikana massacre in South Africa
At the end of the day a current student gave an insight on life at Brunel, and talked about her fieldwork placement in Marseille, France, where she worked for an NGO on tourism, ecology and sustainability.