A Short History of Anthropology at Kent
This ‘Short History’ has been prepared by Roy Ellen to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the University.
- A short history of anthropology at the University of Kent. Full text
- A short history of anthropology at the University of Kent. Without appendices
- Appendix 1: Anthropology Staff, 1965-2014
- Appendix 2: Professors of Anthropology, 1965-2014
- Appendix 3: Administrative Headships, 1965-2014
- Appendix 4: PhD Graduates, 1970-2014
- Appendix 5: The Rules of ‘Potlatch’
History & Expertise
The University of Kent, the “UK’s European university” with study centres in Canterbury, Medway, Brussels, Rome and Paris, has an income of over €200m, with over 19,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. World-class research and European integration are central to the University's vision, as is demonstrated in its strong showing in the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise (with 97% of its staff working in schools and centres rated as nationally or internationally excellent, and the University rated 24th out of 159 participating institutions) and its successful involvement in an extensive range of EU Framework Programme projects. As a result the Times Higher Education place the University in the top 80 global universities under 50.
The School of Anthropology and Conservation at Kent was founded in 1997. It presently ranks sixth in The Guardian rating of the UK’s Anthropology departments, and is unique in recognizing the importance of the fundamental link between human society, human evolution, and the natural environment (through the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology). This is key to its strength: by breaking down the barriers between the natural and social sciences, it can fully encompass the relationship between humans and the world, and find solutions to major challenges to the world’s resources
From its foundation the School has systematically driven innovation and scholarship placing itself at the forefront of a range of specialisms, from the anthropological study of European societies, to the investigation of the relationship between social sciences and computing, the examination of synergies between biological, environmental and social studies of humans, and the development of strategies for biodiversity conservation.
We have trained a large number of students from all corners of the world in fields ranging from forensic science through conflict resolution and biodiversity management to human ecology. They have gone on to succeed in a wide range of anthropological and conservation fields, furthering the School’s ambition of bringing together the social and natural sciences to tackle the burning problems facing the world.