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Elephant In The Room
This student led initiative brings together students from anthropology and conservation. The group have already been very busy this term; kicking of the new University Year with 'Elephant in the School'!
Elephant in the School is about bringing together Anthropology and Conservation efforts and ways of thinking to better collaborate in learning from each other and creating a dynamic that is conducive to helping all elements in the shared fields in which our research is done. The Elephant represents the great opportunity that our school offers in bringing together those interested in understanding and protecting the natural environment; Conservation and those interested in understanding and 'historically and ethically' supporting the communities they are interested in; anthropology. The 'Elephant in the School' phrase borrows from the idea that this collaboration is of prime importance but not fully acted upon, yet it looms large in the back of our School's mind.
We started by having a seminar and lecture series last year with guest speakers and recorded all the progress so far here: http://www.kularing.info/content/anthropology-conservation-record-so-far, which will be fully updated shortly.
We will be exploring this topic further this year and have kick-started this by physically materialising the Elephant to act as a reminder, mascot and motivator in these aims.
- it is also a publicity and interactive event in colloboration with ConSoc to widen peoples awareness of Anthropology and Conservation whilst having fun with the musical accompanyment and Free Tequila themed parade through the Welcome Fayre.
So far this year the Tribe will be:
- continuing with weekly wednesday study groups for all those modules without seminars, or those students do not feel comfortable sharing in. They are for the purposes of collaborating together to explain and fully explore all the aspects of our modules.
- we will be doing a weekly Thursday evening from 6-8pm in MLT2 (the coming week in the Swingland) to show films that appropriately complement our course, inviting guest speakers without something fresh to bring to our understanding, planning day-trips, assisting each other with laregr fieldtrips for our dissertations and presenting any work we have done.
- we will also be running in conjunction with UELT weekly mentoring for 1st and 2nd years.
- launching a simpler coursework sharing facility.
- The website www.kularing.info is being revamped. You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
The Elephant is Born! Please click on the pictures to see larger versions. Thanks to Mike Poltorak for this excellent record of the development of the Elephant.