Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern FBA

Social & Cultural Anthropology, Other Branches

Elected 1987

Strathern studied Social Anthropology at Girton College, Cambridge (PhD 1968). After a spell in the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, she held posts in Canberra (ANU) and Port Moresby before returning to the UK. This was when she was Hon. Editor of the RAI journal Man. She moved to her first full departmental appointment in 1985, taking up the chair in Social Anthropology at Manchester University, to be followed by the William Wyse Professorship of Social Anthropology in Cambridge in 1993. Strathern was concurrently Mistress of Girton College between1988-2009. Papua New Guinea has been a principal area of fieldwork, from 1964 to most recently in 2015, although she is also intrigued by developments in knowledge practices in the UK and Europe. Initial work on gender relations led in two directions: feminist scholarship & the new reproductive technologies (1980s-1990s), and legal systems & intellectual and cultural property (1970s, 1990-00s). Subsequent work on regimes of audit and accountability has attracted interdisciplinary attention. Formerly Presidential Chair of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Trustee of the National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, and member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, she is now Hon. Life President of the Association of Social Anthropologists.

Current post

Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Past appointments

Girton College University of Cambridge Mistress

1998 - 2009

University of Cambridge William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology

1993 - 2008

University of Manchester Professor of Social Anthropology

1985 - 1993


Partial Connections

Published in 1991

Property, Substance and Effect

Published in 1999

Women in Between

Published in 1972

The Gender of the Gift

Published in 1988

After Nature

Published in 1992

Kinship, Law and the Unexpected

Published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press

Eight Fellows of the British Academy respond to climate activism tactics

1 Oct 2019

What do the country's leading humanities and social sciences scholars think about the growing movement for climate action?

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