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Department of Social Anthropology

 

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology

CEA

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology is a major new outreach initiative for the department. It is an open-access encyclopaedia that provides people around the globe with information about commonly used anthropological concepts, such as “race and ethnicity”, “migration” and “religion”. You can find the first few entries here: www.anthroencyclopedia.com

Each entry is peer-reviewed by leading academics. In times of increasing uncertainty around the reliability of online knowledge, we consider peer-reviewed content more valuable than ever. Over time, we aim to turn the encyclopedia into an important alternative to expensive printed reference works, which are inaccessible in most countries of the Global South, and to online databases that are either too unreliable to be cited or not free of charge. The encyclopedia is also an open resource in that it allows any author in the world to submit an entry. We hope it will be a truly international effort, shared with the world at large.

The encyclopedia will serve a readership of pupils and students who lack access to academic works. It also targets government officials, NGO workers, artists, journalists and members of the business community. Their work is increasingly research-heavy, using social science concepts as part of funding calls, fundraising, working across cultural boundaries, and thinking about global challenges such as forced migration or indigenous rights.

Lastly, we want the encyclopedia to become a key part of the currently growing movement for open access Anthropology. We are firmly convinced that anthropological knowledge must be shared between academics and with the general public in order to deal with the fundamental challenges of our time. We therefore actively encourage entry submissions on contemporary topics such as climate change, nationalism and finance as well as about long established subjects such as kinship and ritual. To get the ball rolling, we have uploaded a small set of entries ourselves. We look forward to growing the site over the years to come.

Felix Stein is the founder and managing editor. The Editorial Board is: Sian Lazar, Matt Candea, Hildegard Diemberger, Joel Robbins, Andrew Sanchez and Rupert Stasch. The encyclopedia is an initiative of the whole Department of Social Anthropology. 

Part funding: Wenner Gren and the ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant


Professor Susan  Bayly
Professor Emerita of Historical Anthropology
Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies, Christ's College
Office hours: appointment by email
Dr Matei  Candea
Reader in Social Anthropology
Research Ethics Officer for the Department Social Anthropology
Senior Treasurer of CUSAS
Fellow and Director of Studies, King's College
Office hours: appointment by email
Dr Hildegard  Diemberger
Affiliated Lecturer
Fellow and College Lecturer, Pembroke College
Professor Harri  Englund
Professor of Social Anthropology
Fellow, Churchill College
Fellow of the British Academy
Office hours: appointment by email
Dr Paola  Filippucci
Affiliated Lecturer
Fellow and College Lecturer, Murray Edwards College
Dr  Anita  Herle
Senior Curator (Anthropology), the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Professor James  Laidlaw
William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology
Head of Department, Social Anthropology
Director, Max Planck - Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change
Fellow, King's College
Office hours: Wednesday 10am using http://whereby.com/james-laidlaw
Dr Sian  Lazar
Reader in Social Anthropology
MPhil Tutor for the Department of Social Anthropology
Website and Open Access Coordinator for Department of Social Anthropology
Fellow, Clare College
Office hours: Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am via https://whereby.com/sianlazar
Professor Joel  Robbins
Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology
Deputy Head of Department and REF Coordinator, Social Anthropology
Director, Max Planck - Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change
Fellow, Trinity College
Office hours: appointment by email
Dr Andrew  Sanchez
Lecturer
HSPS Subject Convenor
Outreach Coordinator for Department of Social Anthropology
Editor, Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
Office hours: appointment by email
Professor David  Sneath
Professor of Social Anthropology
Director Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU)
MRes and PhD Pre-Field Tutor for Department of Social Anthropology
Fellow, Corpus Christi
Office hours: appointment by email
Dr Rupert  Stasch
Lecturer
Director of Graduate Education and Chair, PhD Committee - Social Anthropology
Visual Anthropology Lab Manager
Fellow and Director of Studies, Sidney Sussex College
Office hours: appointment by email
Dr Felix  Stein
Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology
Professor Dame Marilyn  Strathern
Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology
Life Fellow, Girton College
Dr Thomas  White
Lecturer
Office hours: appointment by email
Dr Fiona  Wright
Research Associate on Situating Free Speech