Professor Robert Layton FBA

Social evolution & social change in hunter-gatherer & peasant societies; the anthropology & archaeology of art; indigenous rights

Elected 2012

Born: 1.12.1944, Welwyn Garden City, Herts., England Formerly Lecturer in Anthropology, UCL, Research Consultant at Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Anthropologist at North Australian Aboriginal Land Council; joined Durham University 1982; 2009-present: Emeritus Professor, University of Durham. PhD, University of Sussex, 1971. Principal research activities: 1969, 1972, 1985, 1995: Social Change in the French Jura. 1974-1982, 1994, 1995: Australian Aboriginal history and land tenure; preparation of land claims. 2005 to present: the revival of traditional Chinese art and culture since the Cultural Revolution: field research in collaboration with Shandong University of Art and Design and the Graduate School of the Chinese National Academy of Arts. Principal publications: 1986 Uluru, an Aboriginal History of Ayers Rock. Canberra, Aboriginal Studies Press. 1989b R. Layton (ed) Conflict in the Archaeology of Living Traditions. London, Unwin. 1991 The Anthropology of Art (2nd edition). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 1992 Australian Rock Art: a new synthesis. Cambridge University Press. 1997 An introduction to theory in anthropology. Cambridge University Press. 2000 Anthropology and history in Franche-Comte; a critique of social theory. Oxford University Press. 2006 Order and anarchy: civil society, social disorder and war. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Durham

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