Wiley Digital Archives: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland


Interested in research, teaching and/or learning about digital archives? Sign up now to attend this live session to understand what does the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland archive offers.

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This webinar is targeted at Professors and Lecturers who teach across these various disciplines to either year 1 students or those completing their PhD, in addition to researchers who value primary source archival material.


Join us at the upcoming webinar where we take you on a journey to explore an incredible collection of digital archives that spans across 180 years of history in the study of humankind. Reinvigorate your research or classroom activities with previously unexplored historical context produced for modern historians, anthropologists, social scientists, cultural studies specialists and historians of science.

Key Highlights:

  • An introduction to the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • An incredible photographic collection of nearly 200,000 images.
  • Variety of archives impacting research across different disciplines.

Presenter(s)

Dr. David Shankland - Director, Royal Anthropological Institute

Dr. David Shankland

Director, Royal Anthropological Institute

David Shankland is the Director of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and Honorary Professor of Anthropology University College London. Formerly, he was Reader in Anthropology at the University of Bristol. By training a social anthropologist, he has worked extensively in modern Turkey, where he was sometime Assistant and Acting Director of the British Institute of Archaeology. His ethnographic researches include the study of state, politics and religion in Turkey, with the special study of the Alevis, a non-normative minority (The Alevis of modern Turkey, Routledge, 2007), and investigations into the relationship between excavation, archaeology and the secular state. He has also conducted researches over many years into the history of anthropology, particularly concentrating on the emergence of modern disciplinary boundaries (Shankland, ed. Anthropology and Archaeology, Berg 2012). He has also produced work on Westermarck (Westermarck, ed. RAI 2014), F. W. Hasluck (Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage in Anatolia, 2004, 2013: Isis Press, Istanbul), and also on J. L Myres, and the emergence of modern anthropology at the University of Oxford, where he has been Humphrey Wanley Bodleian Library Fellow. He directs the institute’s ongoing project on the history of anthropology over the last 150 years, which attempts to reassess the place of the RAI in the creation of anthropology, and to highlight the multiple, interlocking scholarly roots of the modern discipline.
John Morris - Wiley Digital Archives Specialist

John Morris

Wiley Digital Archives Specialist

John is responsible for Wiley Digital Archives in the Asia Pacific Region. Located in Melbourne, John comes from the UK and has worked previously in Japan and Vietnam. Prior to working with Wiley, John was the General Manager for Mercury’s Fit2work, which provided Background Screening, Credentialing and Recruitment software and consulting to the Australian Government, Health and Education Sectors. John has volunteered as the chair of GEALC, an Adult Community Education service in Melbourne and Recruited volunteers to work with the Christina Noble Children’s foundation in Vietnam. He is the proud father of two brilliant boys and enjoys sports, music and reading. John’s fascination with digital archives stems from the quality content made available through our society partnerships. The unique primary source collections Wiley has established with outstanding historical collections providing incredible access to research and teaching resources. It is a real pleasure to share content rich resources with the academic community who derive such value from virtually hands-on collections.