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The life and works of Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard (1902-1973)
Thursday 18 October 2018
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The life and works of Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard (1902-1973)

Thursday 18 October 2018

Edward Evans-Pritchard, or E-P, was one of the most famous anthropologists of the twentieth century. Known for the great range and perspicacity of his writings and lectures, the books which he published were often seminal, creating discussion and setting anthropology off onto new paths. Many of them were used as undergraduate textbooks for decades after their first appearance, and still today they are widely read and admired. Yet, at the same time there have been determined efforts to refute his work.
Evans-Pritchard’s role as an academic was equally important. He studied at Oxford and at the LSE, before moving back to Oxford, where he became All Souls Professor of Anthropology in 1946. There, he led the Institute of Anthropology nearly until his death in 1973, during which time it became one of the leading centres in the world of post-graduate research in social anthropology. At the same time, he was a leading mover in the foundation of the Association of Social Anthropologists, which continues to flourish until this day. Amongst many other roles, he was also President of the RAI. He was knighted in 1971.
Now, some forty five years after his death, the last generation that knew and worked with him are also coming to the end of their careers. We believe that it is timely to produce a book of essays which will explore his life, fieldwork and works from multiple perspectives, including their impact on later generations. In order to provide ample time to reflect upon these matters, we will hold also a one-day seminar at the RAI to mark the project on 18th October 2018. The book will be edited by our current President, Dr Andre Singer, who was one of E-P’s last research students, and editor of E-P’s final, posthumous work A History of Anthropological Thought (Faber, 1981). The project has the approval of E-P’s family.
We hope very much that those who are interested in the project will approach the subject in any way they find most stimulating, so that we will have papers on E-P’s life in Oxford; his career; his various publications, his varied theoretical contributions, and his scholarly influence. Those who would like to present please should send in an abstract and title of 300 words to by 15th July 2018. This early date is so as to ensure that those who are accepted have time to make their travel plans.
There will be no conference fee, and refreshments will be provided on the day.

Location : Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
United Kingdom