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History of Anthropology and the RAI

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Royal Anthropological Institute

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Royal Anthropological Institute
Third conference on the History of Anthropology and the RAI 1918-1945

13th-14th December 2016 at the Royal Anthropological Institute

The third of our ‘history days’ at the RAI covers the period 1918-1945. A tumultuous period for the discipline, it marked the emergence of functionalist ethnography, anthropology’s division into sub-disciplines, and the decisive establishment of anthropology within the universities. Nevertheless, the RAI was at the heart of these developments in many ways, through its journals, lectures, committees, and growing Fellowship. This period also marked the expansion of our library, the launch of the IUAES and various attempts to seek a role for anthropology as an applied discipline.

The conference will take place at the RAI’s rooms, 50 Fitzroy Street, London. It is expected that paper-givers make their own travel arrangements, but is no conference fee, and refreshments will be provided. 

Enquiries to: RAI, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5 BT; tel 020 7387 0455; email

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