Marett Lectures

The Robert Ranulph Marett Memorial Lectureship held at Exeter College, Oxford, and in association with ISCA, is a memorial lecture established in memory of the late R. R. Marett, D.Litt., D.Sc., F.B.A., Rector of the College 1928-43.


On 29 April 2016, Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo) delivered the 2016 Marett Memorial Lecture, entitled 'The Creole world between inequality and difference'. Controversies over Creole identity are related to fundamental questions in anthropology. Drawing on material mainly from the Indian Ocean, the lecture attempts to create a dialogue between debates over Creole identity and theoretical questions raised in anthropology concerning the relationship between cultural difference and social inequality.


The 2014 Marett Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Birgit Meyer on 2 May. Entitled 'How to capture the wow: awe and the study of religion', it calls attention to the surplus generated in the interplay of religious things and bodily sensations and explores its role in politics and aesthetics of religious world-making.


On 27 April 2012, Professor Adam Kuper (Fellow of the British Academy) delivered the Lecture on Anthropologists and the Bible. In it he reflected on a century of debate concerning the anthropology of religion's uneasy, often unacknowledged and usually one-sided dialogue with biblical scholarship.


On 6 May, Professor Terence S. Turner (Cornell University) delivered the 2011 Lecture, entitled 'Beauty and the beast: Humanity, animality and animism in the thought of an Amazonian people'.


On 29 April 2010, Byron J. Good, Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, delivered the Lecture on 'Theorizing the 'Subject' of Medical and Psychiatric Anthropology'. Before it, he conducted an interview with Nick Shapiro of ISCA about his life, work and research.

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