SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology in London Day - 2011 - ‘Values of Knowledge’


Date: 20 June 2011Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 20 June 2011Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: UCL, Department of Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, WC1H OBW

Type of Event: Conference

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Anthropology In London Day 2011

Please see the conference poster and preliminary programme available as downloads on the right hand side of this page.

Anthropology in London is a platform for anthropologists of all London colleges and universities to meet and share ideas arising from their current research. To encourage an open dialogue, this year’s conference includes panels comprising both post-fieldwork doctoral students and faculty.  Photos from last year's event can be found at

The 2011 conference (organised under the aegis of Brunel University) addressed the following questions:

  • How are specific kinds of knowledge socially produced, consumed, assessed, transmitted and used?How do economies of knowledge relate to the production of hierarchy? Can knowledge be disempowering? How are regimes of knowledge articulated by different moral values and practices?
  • Have anthropologists abandoned grand theories, or has comparative anthropology made theoretical advances? Should anthropologists resume earlier explorations of ‘human nature’?
  • Is anthropological knowledge based on assumptions that radically differ from those of other social and natural sciences.
  • For whom is anthropological knowledge valuable? How can the contributions of anthropological knowledge within and outside of academia be assessed?
  • What kind of moral system makes anthropological knowledge valuable? Who should pay for anthropological research?
  • What should anthropologists’ relationship be to political action?


Photos from this year's event