Expressions of interest – Honorary Obituary Editor

Closing date 1 Feburary 2020

The Manuscripts and Archive Committee of the RAI invites expressions of interest in the position of Honorary Obituary Editor, following the highly successful inaugural tenure of Dr Nichola Kahn. The aim of this position is to facilitate and otherwise commission obituaries of distinguished deceased anthropologists (especially, but not restricted to RAI Fellows). The postholder will liase closely with academic anthropologists, the Anthropological Index Online (AIO) at the British Museum, and the Chair of the Manuscripts and Archive Committee.

There is increasingly limited space in professional journals and newsprint for such obituaries, yet there are many anthropologists whose work and life merits proper recognition. The obituaries are published on the RAI web-site, and the aim is for this growing collection to serve as an important scholarly resource. The postholder will be expected to identify deceased anthropologists who would merit an obituary, and to work sensitively to schedule obituaries in a timely manner. The candidate is expected to be or become a member of the archive committee, and to be or become a Fellow of the RAI.

Further details of the obituaries may be found here:

Interested persons are invited to send in a brief CV (no more than two pages) and a brief statement (no more than one page) as to why they would like to take on this role. It is assumed that in the first instance the length of tenure would be three years. Applications should be sent please to Mrs Amanda Vinson, Assistant Director Administration,, to whom also informal inquiries may also be addressed. The closing date for applications is 1 February 2020.