Anthropology at Queen’s is internationally renowned for its research strengths in areas including ethnomusicology, art and performance, the study of conflict and borders, religion, cognition, migration and diasporas, Irish studies, human-animal relations, and the cross-cultural study of emotions. Our research engages with a range of stakeholders and beneficiaries, including national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, cross-border and community groups, arts, music and museum professionals as well as politicians and policy-makers.
Staff are successful in winning large grant awards and some of these recent research projects include sound, music, storytelling and digital media in conflict transformation, migration and forced displacement in Turkey, understanding atheism and secularization, religious belief and self-sacrifice.
View all our Funded Research Projects Research Lead for Anthropology Professor Fiona Magowan
Impact in Anthropology
Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation
Professor Fiona Magowan (PI). AHRC (2017-2021)
This project investigates the effects of music, sound and storytelling in conflict and post-conflict communities and their distribution through digital media activities. Comparative case studies in the Middle East, Brazil and Northern Ireland serve as a basis for evaluating how sound is used to articulate experiences of violence, to support narratives of resistance and to promote peace building.
Dr. Jonathan Lanman (CI). John Templeton Foundation (2016-2019)
Understanding Unbelief is a major research programme aiming to advance the scientific understanding of atheism and other forms of so-called ‘unbelief’ around the world. Its central research questions concern the nature and diversity of ‘unbelief’. As well as core research, the programme has awarded grants to the value of £1.25m for new research and public engagement activities.
Counting our Losses: Social Entrepreneurship, Refugees and Urban Transformation
Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou and Dr Fiona Murphy. British Academy (2018-2019)
This project consolidates an ongoing collaboration between Queen’s and Bilgi University Istanbul to systematically study the ‘loss-displacement-integration’ nexus in Istanbul. It offers new ways of assessing the impact of economic loss on the everyday lives of refugees, and its recovery, by examining the role of social entrepreneurship and labour politics in refugee ‘integration’.
Anthropology at Queen’s is home to the Institute of Cognition and Culture (ICC), one of the world's first centres for research in cognitive anthropology, a burgeoning interdisciplinary field of scholars seeking to explain patterns of cultural stability and variation.
Our anthropology cohort also heads up public debate on cultural issues in Northern Ireland with the former Director of the Institute of Irish Studies Professor Dominic Bryan, co-Chair of the Parliamentary Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition.
Interdisciplinary research collaborations across Queen’s University feature anthropologists in key roles. The Director of The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is an anthropologist and the majority of anthropology staff are Fellows, providing significant work including practitioner-led and academic research projects.
world-leading/internationally excellent in research environment*REF 2021
out of 26 UK Departments for research environment*REF2021/THE
world-leading/internationally excellent in research impact*REF2021