Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology

Virtual Confernce 18-21 January 2022

Call for Panels Deadline: 10 September 2021

Scientific committee: Maya Unnithan, Kit Davies, Nadine Beckmann, Clare Chandler, Melissa Parker

‘Creativity during the Covid lockdown: Life and Renewal During the Pandemic’

A Virtual One-Day Conference
Date: Thursday 7 October, 2021
Time: 10.00am to 5.00pm

Call for Papers Deadline: 29 July 2021

The Royal Anthropological Institute, and the Folklore Society are very pleased to be continuing their annual series of joint conferences and discussions, this year on the theme of ‘Creativity during the Covid lockdown’.

We are delighted to announce that our President, Professor Dame Sue Black has been elevated to the House of Lords, where she will sit as a cross-bench peer. It is a wonderful compliment to anthropology, and the work that she has done in forwarding the discipline, that she should be recognized in this way. In the past, our Presidents have been peers occasionally, such as Lord Avebury, who helped to form the modern institute in 1871, but we believe that this is the first since Lord Raglan, in the 1950s.

The official announcement from Baroness Black's university may be read here: Lancaster Professor and leading forensic anthropologist appointed to the House of Lords | Lancaster University

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Being Human Show podcast.

This podcast brings together anthropologists from different areas of the discipline in conversation about issues of public interest. In each episode a panel of anthropology experts speak about one central topic from different angles. This podcast is produced by Jennifer Cearns and Laura Haapio-Kirk, and is supported by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.

The podcast is available on Spotify.

The RAI is delighted to announce that its President, Professor Dame Sue Black, DBE FBA FRSE FRCP, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/news/british-academy-welcomes-86-new-fellows-across-humanities-and-social-sciences/

Announcing the 2020 Photographic Studies Award: Prof Darren Newbury

The RAI Photography Committee are pleased to announce that the Fourth Photography Studies Award has been given to Prof Darren Newbury. The Prize is awarded by the RAI Council to recognize a distinguished contribution to the study of anthropology and photography. As a Professor of Photographic History at the University of Brighton, Prof Newbury has, over the past twenty years, developed a body of work exploring the practice and meaning of photography in South Africa. Whilst not an anthropologist by training, he has collaborated with numerous anthropologists and collections, and his work has had a lasting influence on anthropological understandings of the social role of photography and the ethnography of visual culture in South Africa, as well as the development of an important curatorial practice, with important exhibitions held at the Pitt Rivers Museum and the District Six Museum in Cape Town. Influential volumes include Defiant Images: Photography and Apartheid South Africa (2009), a major monograph on photography during the apartheid period and its place in post-apartheid memorialisation; and The African Photographic Archive: Research and Curatorial Strategies (2015), co-edited with Christopher Morton, a volume exploring new methodological approaches to researching and curating the photographic archive, in addition to its specifically African concerns; and a new volume, Women and Photography in Africa: Creative Practices and Feminist Challenges, co-edited with Lorena Rizzo and Kylie Thomas, is due to be published later this year.

The RAI is delighted to announce the appointment of a new editorial team for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute following the conclusion of the present editor, Dr Liz Hallam’s highly successful term of office. The joint editors for the next four years are as follows:

Dr Hannah Knox, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UCL.
Dr Adam Reed, Reader in Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews.
Dr Chika Watanabe, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
Dr Thomas Yarrow, Associate Professor in Social Anthropology, Anthropology, Durham University.

The new editors will begin officially on 1st October 2020. Though one person on the team will take the lead in any one year, they will work together throughout.

We take this opportunity to thank the outgoing editor, and to wish her successors a successful tenure.

With great sadness, because of the ongoing situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be closing the institute’s building on Monday 16 March 2020 indefinitely. All in person events are postponed or cancelled. The RAI’s staff will be continuing to work as usual remotely.

The staff will be continuing to work on the RAI’s future programme and current projects, and we do not anticipate anything other than normal service with regard to our publications.

The quickest way to contact any colleague is by email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Twilight Zone Anthropology. Voices from Poland Edited by Michal Buchowski. 2019. RAI/Sean Kingston Publishing. Vol. 2 of the RAI Country Series (Series editor David Shankland). Hardback, ISBN 978-1-912385-06-5, £60.00 (GBP), $35.00 (USD).

Paperback offer for RAI Fellows £20 (including P&P) obtainable directly from admin@therai.org.uk.

We are very pleased to announce the publication of Twilight Zone Anthropology: Voices from Poland (RAI/Sean Kingston Publishing 2019), edited by Michał Buchowski. This is the second volume resulting from the RAI’s Country Series, whereby we invite colleagues to describe the development and comparative breadth of anthropology in their country. So far, we have held celebrations of anthropology in France, Poland, Norway, Austria and – the most recent – Brazil. We hope that Norway and Austria will be published soon, whilst Brazil is in preparation.

Treasures from the RAI’s photo archive have been featured in The Guardian online. The photo essay – part of The Guardian’s ‘In Pictures’ series – includes some of the remarkable physical type portraits taken by Northcote Thomas in Nigeria and Sierra Leone in the early twentieth century.

Thomas was an Assistant Secretary of the RAI and subsequently serves on its Council. He was also the first Government Anthropologist to be appointed by the British Colonial Office. In this capacity he conducted a series of anthropological surveys in what were then the protectorates of Southern Nigeria and Sierra Leone. During the surveys, Thomas took thousands of photographs, made hundreds of sound recordings and assembled large collections of artefacts and botanical specimens. The RAI holds the original glass plate negatives of Thomas’s photographs and is a partner in the AHRC-funded Museum Affordances / [Re:]Entanglements project that is investigating the ‘archival legacies’ of Thomas’s surveys.

RAI Honours and Awards

Huxley Memorial Medal and Lecture (2022): Professor Marcia Langton (University of Melbourne). Professor Langton holds the foundation chair in Indigenous Australian studies at the University of Melbourne. A remarkably distinguished and successful scholar, she is at the forefront of debates concerning anthropology, heritage and Indigenous rights.

On 1st and 2nd May 2019 the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the Learned Society of Wales, the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, and the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods co-organised a syposium on anthropology in Wales, hosted by WISERD at Cardiff University.

Social Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present examined the development of social anthropology in Wales from the perspectives of both national scholarship and international engagement. The event brought together academics and those with an interest in Welsh history, the origins and development of contemporary Wales, and community studies.

A report on the event can be found on WISERD's website in Welsh and English.

Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard

At the RAI, we recently held a memorial event on the life and works of Evans-Pritchard. This was a great success, and our recent President André Singer is now editing the proceedings from it.

DUNBAR’S NUMBER

Edited by David Shankland, Director, RAI

Sean Kingston: RAI Occasional Publication Number 45

By special arrangement with the publishers, paperback copies are available privately to Fellows at the reduced price of £15 +£2.50 post and packing (where it needs to be sent). Please write to admin@therai.org.uk if any fellow would like one, or more copies.

It was agreed at the meeting of the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute on 11 June 2015 that the title of Director Emeritus/Emerita should be conferred on our former directors Mr Jonathan Benthall and Mrs Hilary Callan.

The Anthropology and the Environment Committee of the RAI have put together a list of anthropologists who are interested in environmental issues.  This list is a resource for other anthropologists and for those outside anthropology looking for a particular expertise.

The list can be consulted here.

The Royal Anthropological Institute will be closed from Friday 18 December 2020 and will reopen on Monday 4 January 2021.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year!

Anthropology & Photography is a new open-access publication series edited by the RAI Photography Committee. Emerging from the international conference of the same name organized by the RAI at the British Museum in 2014, the series will highlight and make available to the widest possible audience the best new work in the field.

We are eager to solicit new contributions from anthropologists and practitioners which could be visual, textual, or somewhere in between.

50 Years of Anthropology

The results of a British Academy funded project.  You can see the full report here.

The nature of the Index means that many of the articles we incorporate would be difficult to find via other means such as through Google Scholar or similar search engines, so in many ways the AIO gives a clear and the most complete picture we can hope for of what anthropologists have been discovering for the last 50 years.

The RAI is delighted to announce that its Director, Dr David Shankland, has been made an Honorary Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University College London.