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Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future

BRITISH MUSEUM/SOAS/RGS, 14 – 18 September 2020

The Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future conference is jointly organised by the RAI, the RGS, the British Academy, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, and the BM’s Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The conference was originally planned as a face to face conference to be held in June 2020, but it will now be a online conference to be held 14-18 September 2020.

The RAI believes that anthropology and geography should be close, all the more so as the two disciplines have so much in common, both today and in the past. It hopes very much that through this conference, existing dialogues can be explored and further conversations take place on a host of vital issues including the Anthropocene, definitions of ethnology, methodology and fieldwork, contemporary understanding, education and public awareness, and the place of our disciplines in the modern world. We hope equally that this will lead to a shared intellectual understanding of our past and the emergence of the two disciplines, and an even closer engagement in the future, particularly in terms of emerging fields of mutual interest: e.g. digital media, geospatial mapping, and satellite photography.

Informal enquiries may be made to info@therai.org.uk


Registration opens 1 July 2020 (to be confirmed)

Conference Fee:

RAI & RGS Fellows & Members: £60
Non-Fellows: £80
Concessions: £30
Delegates with low income from Low Income Countries: £15

About the co-organisers:

The British Academy is the UK’s premier home for the humanities, with Fellows drawn from across the humanities and social sciences, particularly, as pertains to this conference, its Social Science Section ‘Anthropology and Geography’.

The British Museum is one of the world’s most renowned museums, with an interest in anthropology across all its curatorial departments, but associated especially closely with the RAI through the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is a renowned learned society devoted to anthropology. It has dedicated premises in Fitzroy Street in London, and is devoted to all the respective sub-fields of the discipline.

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is a leading centre for geographers and geographical learning, supporting geography and geographers across the world.

SOAS University of London is a leading global institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and is associated with this conference most closely through its Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

The British Museum