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Oct 15
16:15 - 17:15
The lost generation: out of Oxford in the 80's
Kent Anthropology Autumn Seminar Series 2013

The 1980s was a period when the reproduction of social anthropology was brutally challenged: departments were closed down, lecturer numbers were reduced, bookshops reduced their anthropology sections, major publishers stopped prestigious series, a whole new area of specialists focusing on the old areas of empire arose for whom anthropology was seen as politically and intellectually suspicious. Those of us coming out of graduate school at the time had to ask themselves seriously whether this was really our vocation. There were no jobs to be had and there were too many voices telling us that our fascination for what social anthropology had stood for was wrongheaded. Many were forced to give up the discipline, looking for modes of income elsewhere, others turned to the new emerging media as a path to safety, others found careers abroad in regions (such as Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Portugal) where anthropology departments were emerging. We talked of ourselves as a "lost generation".

Thirty years later, what happened to those of us who persisted in making careers as researchers and teachers in our chosen and beloved discipline? Coming together at Kent, Glenn and João observed that many of their graduate students today also see themselves as facing a major challenge to their chosen vocation. Responding to this, the Autumn 2013 Anthropology Seminar will invite those who were our colleagues back then in Oxford to reflect on “why anthropology?”


Swingland Room,
Marlowe Building,
The University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to Staff/Students, Free

Contact: Jasmin Dallos-Foreman
T: 01227 827013
School of Anthropology and Conservation


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