The Interview: reportage, human rights, literature, ethnography, film

The interview—a structured conversation—is central to the practice of a wide range of disciplines and genres. These include ethnographic field work, human rights research, investigative journalism, creative non-fiction and documentary film. Interview-based research also forms a basis for the understanding of culture, for the construction of complex narratives, and for specialist forms such as life histories, testimonies and confessions.

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The Rift: anthropology, history, culture and the natural world in Eastern Africa

The Great Rift Valley runs from the Red Sea to Mozambique, dividing the African continent in two. It is the heart of a region of striking ecological diversity, home to a wide range of human cultures and modes of existence: from pastoral nomadism in the savannah zones of Somalia and the Sudans to urban life in the industrialized cities of East Africa. Fossil evidence indicates that the emergence of modern humans took place in the eastern branch of the Rift Valley approximately 200,000 years ago.

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Problems in human rights

The course approaches a set of practical and ethical human rights issues through the study of historical and contemporary rights campaigns. These include the British anti-slavery movement of the 18th and 19th centuries (and later campaigns against slavery, slave-like practices and human trafficking), the negotiations for the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the aftermath of World War II, the campaign to ban anti-personnel landmines in the 1990s, ongoing debates around Female Genital Cutting, and campaigns for LGBTQI rights.

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The edge of anthropology

Anthropological writing is diverse and innovative in both style and subject. Although “ethnography” and “fieldwork” are terms that have become widely used in other disciplines, writers identifying themselves as anthropologists are still at the cutting edge of research-based factual writing—usually about small-scale societies, both those on the periphery of the world system and those at the heart of it. The course examines the range of genres and techniques that anthropologists and others have used to convey the lived experience of other cultures.

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Doing Good Less Badly:
Learning from human rights and humanitarian crises in Africa

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The edge of anthropology

Anthropological writing is diverse and innovative in both style and subject. Although “ethnography” and “fieldwork” are terms that have become widely used in other disciplines, ... more»

The Interview: reportage, human rights, literature, ethnography, film

The interview—a structured conversation—is central to the practice of a wide range of disciplines and genres. These include ethnographic field work, human rights research, investigative journalism ... more»

The Rift: anthropology, history, culture and the natural world in Eastern Africa

The Great Rift Valley runs from the Red Sea to Mozambique, dividing the African continent in two. It is the heart of a region of striking ecological diversity ... more»

Problems in human rights

The course approaches a set of practical and ethical human rights issues through the study of historical and contemporary rights campaigns. These include the British anti-slavery movement of the 18th and 19th centuries ... more»