CFP 'Histories between Anthropology and Geography: Practices, Actors, Canons' session - RAI Anthro and Geog, 4-7 June 2020

The Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future
conference will be held 4 to 7 June 2020 at the British Museum, Clore
Centre, SOAS, Senate House and Royal Geographical Society.

Panel Session: Histories between Anthropology and Geography: Practices,
Actors, Canons

Convenors: Richard Powell (University of Cambridge); David Anderson
(University of Aberdeen)

Short abstract:
This panel brings together historians of anthropology and historians of
geography to discuss entanglements and resistances between theories,
methods, practices and institutions across both disciplines.

Long abstract:
Although having much shared history as field sciences, in terms of
common practices and practitioners, both anthropology and geography have
generated quite distinctive approaches to the writing of disciplinary
histories. This has meant that much history of anthropology has
disavowed the presence of geographical thought, and much history of
geography has pursued a reductive version of anthropological method.
This approach to disciplinary history has been a key dimension in the
training and identity of both anthropologists and geographers
respectively. Increasingly, this position has become untenable as
disciplinarity itself has been threatened through contemporary research
practices and approaches to training in research methods across the
social sciences. This has ushered in a new generation of exciting
historical and theoretical research that questions the boundaries
between anthropological and geographical thought, and focuses on
examining boundary concepts such as space, environment, field, culture
and ontology. In the current moment, there is also increasing
collaboration between scholarly institutions, such as around the digital
archiving of collections at the Royal Anthropological Institute and the
Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).
This provides for a reconsideration of many of the defining origin
stories of both disciplines. This panel brings together anthropologists
and geographers to discuss these shared histories and historiographies.
The panel organizers welcome paper proposals on any of the above or
related issues with respect to anthropological thought, geographical
thought and their comparison.

The full list of conference panels can be found here: and the deadline for
proposals is the 8 January 2020

Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of
<300 characters and an abstract of 250 words. On submission the
proposal, the proposing author (but not any co-authors listed) will
receive automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this
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A paper can only be submitted once and only one paper can be submitted
per person.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Richard (
and/or David ( if you want to discuss paper

Thank you ever so much,


Dr. Richard Powell
Scott Polar Research Institute (and Department of Geography)
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
+44 (0)1223 336551
ERC Consolidator Grant, ARCTIC CULT, 2017-22