The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is seeking to appoint an Office Manager and Conference Assistant. The RAI is the oldest learned society devoted to anthropology and plays a leading role in the dissemination and creation of anthropological knowledge. Registered as a charity, it has its own freehold building in Fitzroy Street, and approximately 20 staff (full and part-time). Its library is jointly run with the British Museum, and it works with many institutions in the UK and overseas.

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.


Call for Papers. Deadline 10 June 2019.

In 2018, we were very sorry to lose our former president, Professor Michael Banton. Additionally the winner of the RAI Lucy Mair medal in 2013, it may truly be said that throughout his entire academic career he fought to impede or alleviate racism. He did so without the slightest drop in academic standards. Indeed, it may be stated conversely, that he began his deliberations by regarding racism as a problem that needed to be solved, and developed a sophisticated intellectual appreciating how this might be done.


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 if any fellow would like one, or more copies.

Announcement: Schedule for Applications for Professional Certification in Forensic Anthropology

Applications are invited for those seeking certification at FAI, FAII and FAIII level.  The application process is detailed in the Application and Examination Procedures for Certified Forensic Anthropologist Level I, II and III, version 2.1 which can be found on the RAI website.

Leading forensic scientist, Professor Dame Sue Black has been appointed President of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) - the world's longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the promotion of the study of humankind.

The RAI is please to announce that the Wellcome Medal for 2016 has been awarded to Dr Elizabeth Hallam for her book Anatomy Museum: Death and the Body Displayed.

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.

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.

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.

2018 Rivers Medal - Dr Madeleine Reeves

2018 Lucy Mair Medal & Marsh Prize - Professor Claire Smith

2018 Marsh Award for Anthropology in the World - David Lan

2018 President's Lifetime Achievement Award - Professor David Parkin

2019 Curl Lecturer - Dr Oliver Harris

2019 Huxley Memorial Lecturer - Professor Chris Hann