Professor David Parkin
Social & Cultural Anthropology, Other Branches
Parkin's focus has been on East Africa where he has carried out a number of years' fieldwork among different peoples and in different ecologies: the Luo of western Kenya, the Giriama of eastern Kenya, and Swahili-speakers in Zanzibar and Mombasa. He has studied the growth of ethnically mixed urban populations in Kampala, Uganda, where his interest in Luo first started, and in Nairobi, where he developed more fully his interest in Luo. Field research among the Giriama of Kenya began with a study of economic entrepreneurship, and continued into an analysis of the role of religion in pastoralism, agriculture and trade. Thereafter he concentrated on Islam among Swahili-speakers, extending this concern from the East African coast to the Hadhramaut, Oman and other areas of the Indian Ocean littoral. In later years he examined concepts of materiality, especially in relation to the human body, and became interested in the evolution of language. Current research is on the sociolinguistic consequences of new, global migratory patterns and on proliferating healthcare traditions. He is part of an initiative by the Royal Anthropological Institute to encourage university teaching and research in linguistic anthropology in the UK, and chairs an EASA network on anthropology and language. Socio-cultural areas of interest now include eastern Africa, China and northern European cities.
All Souls College, University of Oxford Professor of Social Anthropology and Fellow
Jan 1996 - Feb 2008
SOAS, University Of London Lecturer and Professor of Anthropology
Jan 1965 - Jan 1996
Professor Robert Foley
Human evolution: the evolutionary ecology of extinct hominins; the evolution of human behaviour and culture; prehistory and archaeology of early human populations; evolutionary theory in archaeology and anthropology.
Professor Stephen Daniels
The history of landscape representation, design and management; the landscape arts of eighteenth century Britain; the history of geographical knowledge and imagination