The ‘commons and borderland’ of geography and anthropology

The ‘commons and borderland’ of geography and anthropology (Strathern 2004).

Emily Hayes (Independent Researcher), Jaanika Vider (University of Oxford), Dr Sophie Scott-Brown (Independent Researcher)

Geographers are beginning to discern the historical mutualism between anthropology and geography and the manifestation of this within the context of the BAAS Section E meetings and the Royal Geographical Society’s (RGS) publication Hints to Travellers as professional disciplinary identities were fashioned in the second half of the nineteenth century (Ryan 1997; Driver, 2001; Withers 2010). Drawing on the aforementioned scholarship, histories of anthropology (Stocking 1971 & 1996; Kouper 1973; Kuklick 1991; Houtman and Knight 1995; Mills 2003; Silletoe 2004; Sera-Shriar 2013), and the archives and collections of the RGS, the session will consider the co-evolution of the nascent disciplines of anthropology and geography in the nineteenth-century fin-de-siecle era and early twentieth century.

We will aim to explore the following themes:

– the symbiosis and divergence between the disciplines and their institutional hubs

– demographics of knowledge producers and audiences

– geographies of knowledge production

– knowledge-making strategies with material and visual media

This is the website for the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG) of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)

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