The RAI forensic anthropology committee in consultation with members of the British Association for Forensic Anthropology and the wider community have developed a code of practice for Forensic Anthropology in line with those produced by other forensic disciplines. This Code is currently open for public consultation and the committee would welcome any and all input from Fellows of the RAI.

The consultation is on the Home Office website Code of Practice for Forensic Anthropology and is open until 4 December 2017.

Art, Materiality and Representation Conference

The Call for Papers is now open. It closes on 8 January 2018.

The Art, Materiality and Representation  conference will be held 1 to 3 June 2018 at the British Museum, Clore Centre and SOAS, Senate House.

Please browse the full list of panels and decide where to propose your paper. All proposals must be made via the online form that can be found on each panel page.

On Wednesday 26 July 2017, Ambassador Tsuruoka bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette on Prof Joy Hendry, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and member of the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Japanese studies in the UK and thus to deeper mutual understanding between Japan and the United Kingdom.

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.

We are sorry that the Archives, Manuscripts and Photograph Collections are closed until further notice, and that the archivist is busy with a digitisation programme. We apologise for likely delays in answering queries. We thank you for your understanding, and will open again as soon as possible.

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 RAI Photography Committee greatly regret the passing of committee member and RAI Fellow Ariadne van de Ven. A photographic practitioner with longstanding experience working in Kolkota, India, Ariadne was a lively presence on the committee, bringing her photographic eye and input to our exhibitions, events, and publications. She will be sorely missed. Our condolences are with her family.

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.

2017 Rivers Medal - Dr Dan Hicks

2017 Lucy Mair Medal & Marsh Prize - Professor Richard Leakey

2017 Marsh Award for Anthropology in the World - Dr Julienne Anoko

2018 Henry Myers Lecturer - Professor Simon Coleman

2018 Huxley Memorial Lecturer - Professor Anna Tsing