The ethnographic archive: history, anthropology and the Sudan Archive Durham

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Date / time: 26 September - 28 September, 12:00 am

Durham University

The ethnographic archive: history, anthropology and the Sudan Archive Durham

The key discussant will be Professor Sharon Hutchinson, whose seminal anthropological study Nuer Dilemmas famously revisited the work of E. E. Evans-Pritchard on the Nuer of South Sudan.

The conference will also include a dedicated session with Sharon Hutchinson and other discussants on research methods, particularly the nature and present challenges of ethnographic and historical fieldwork, and a session on the research potential of the collections in the Sudan Archive and other relevant archives.

The conference will be held at the Palace Green Library, home of the Sudan Archive, which is a major international resource for scholarship on Sudan, South Sudan and wider northeast Africa. Participants will visit the Archive itself to look at material objects in the collection, and to provide an induction for those interested in exploring recently donated material such as the Justice Africa human rights papers, and the papers of Ian Cunnison, a renowned anthropologist.

There is no conference fee; accommodation in Hatfield College can be booked on registration for a cost of £100 for two nights. Additional funding is limited but paper presenters whose own institution is unable to provide them with funding may apply for limited assistance with travel and accommodation costs: please include a short explanation of the reason for applying when you submit your abstract to the address above.

Presenters should also indicate upon submission if they wish to apply for the Sudan Archive Visiting Library Fellowship. This is a two-month residential fellowship (covering travel, college accommodation and meals) to support a sustained period of research in the Sudan Archive’s collections; the period of residence to occur in the Easter term of 2017. The winner of the fellowship will be selected on the strength of the paper submitted in advance of the conference, and on the relevance of the topic to the Archive’s collections.

For further information, please write to the conference organisers at