Histories of Anthropology: Transforming Knowledge and Power (1870-1970)
University of Cambridge, 18-19 September 2017

Deadline for Proposals: 20 May 2017

Keynote Speaker: Sadiah Qureshi (Birmingham)

The rise of anthropology as an academic discipline transformed the
development of cognate disciplines and the interaction of power and
knowledge in the modern world. This two-day conference will explore these
two themes in terms of the social, intellectual and political history of
anthropology, ranging in scale from the local to the transnational and

We seek papers on the history of anthropology in terms of two broadly
conceived themes. The first concerns the history of anthropology’s
relationship with cognate disciplines. In the second theme, we seek papers
on the political and social history of anthropology, its relationship to
governance, colonialism and broader political and social transformations.
We welcome proposals that seek to describe changes over the course of the
whole timespan or focus on specific events, debates, disputes and
biographies between 1870 – 1970. We are particularly interested in
transnational and trans-colonial perspectives, and we encourage submissions
from academics at any stage of their careers.

We invite proposals for individual 20-minute papers broadly concerned with
the following :

– Interaction of anthropologists with other experts in the colonial field

– How anthropology supported or undermined colonial administrations

– The place of professional networks, metropolitan and peripheral, in the
history of anthropology

– How race, gender and sexuality influenced anthropologists’ authority

– Relationship between anthropology and cognate disciplines

– The role of interdisciplinarity in anthropology

– The application of colonial research within the Western metropole

Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) and a brief description of your
academic affiliation and disciplinary background to:

[email protected] by 20 May 2017

We will announce accepted papers by early June. Limited funding will be
provided to support travel and accommodation for participants outside the
University of Cambridge. The ability to teleconference will also be
provided if participants are unable to travel.

Freddy Foks, Valentina Mann & Viktor M Stoll (Conference Committee)