Very sadly, because of the current coronavirus pandemic we have had to take the decision to cancel the Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future conference.

It was clear that the event could not go on as we planned with the travel restrictions internationally and we would not want to risk the health of our participants with such a large gathering.

We hope to be able to have another conference on this theme as our major conference for 2022.

Once again, we are very sorry to have to cancel the conference, but we thought this was the best decision for all involved.



Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future


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 will be held in SOAS, Senate House, and the Clore Centre of the British Museum. The opening, keynote lecture will take place at the RGS on the evening of 4 June.
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


Call for Panels opens 1 May 2019 and closes 2 September 2019

Call for Papers opens 23 September 2019 and closes 8 January 2020

Registration opens 24 February 2020

Conference Fee:

RAI & RGS Fellows: £195
Non-Fellows: £295
RAI Members: £270
Concessions: £170
RAI & RGS Student Fellows: £140

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