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Professor Pat Caplan MA PhD

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PositionEmeritus Professor of Anthropology
Department Anthropology
Email p.caplan (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7800
Professor Pat Caplan MA PhD

My interests have included gender and social inequality; food, health and risk; reflexivity and anthropological ethics; social justice and human rights; personal narratives and biography, and I have carried out fieldwork on Mafia Island, Tanzania since 1965, Chennai (Madras) since 1974, and West Wales since 1992.

Keynote lectures

  • 2009. 'Changing Swahili cultures in a globalising world: An approach from anthropology’ Keynote lecture for conference ‘Cultural Dynamics of Pre-colonial and Colonial Swahili society’ Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea, May 14-15th 2009
  • 2006. 'But is it real food? Responses to globalisation in Tanzania and India. Keynote for the SCOFF panel of the BSA Annual Conference on Order and Disorder, Harrogate, April.
  • 2005. 'Towards a feminist ethics of anthropology' Keynote lecture for LOVA (Gender and Anthropology) conference 10th June 2005, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 2003. 'Anthropology in the new world (dis)order' Keynote lecture at the Annual Conference of South African Anthropologists, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 24th Aug. 2003. (pdf of lecture)
  • 2002. 'Anthropology as a moral discipline: social justice, ethics and human rights' Keynote lecture at the Canadian Anthropology Society Conference, 'Social justice, culture and power' University of Windsor, Canada. (pdf of lecture)
  • 2001. Paul Stirling Memorial Lecture, University of Kent. Feb. 14th. 'Risky Business: Changing Landscapes of Anthropology'

Publications

Book

‘Mikidadi wa Mafia: maisha ya mwanaharakati na familia yake nchini Tanzania’ (Mikidadi of Mafia: the life of an activist and his family in Tanzania).
Caplan, Pat. 2014. ‘Mikidadi wa Mafia: maisha ya mwanaharakati na familia yake nchini Tanzania’ (Mikidadi of Mafia: the life of an activist and his family in Tanzania). Dar es Salaam: Mkuki na Nyota Press . ISBN 978-9987082957

African Voices, African Lives: Personal Narratives from a Swahili Village
Caplan, Pat. 1997. African Voices, African Lives: Personal Narratives from a Swahili Village. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415137249

Edited Book

Swahili Modernities: Identity, Power and Development on the East African Coast
Caplan, Pat and Topan, Farouk, eds. 2006. Swahili Modernities: Identity, Power and Development on the East African Coast. Africa Research & Publications . ISBN 978-1592210466

The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas
Caplan, Pat, ed. 2003. The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415296434

Risk Revisited
Caplan, Pat, ed. 2000. Risk Revisited. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0745314631

Food, Health and Identity: Approaches from the Social Sciences
Caplan, Pat, ed. 1997. Food, Health and Identity: Approaches from the Social Sciences. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415156806

Book Section

‘“Clubbed to death”: anthropology, the Yanomami, Science and Ethics’
Nugent, Stephen. 2003. ‘“Clubbed to death”: anthropology, the Yanomami, Science and Ethics’. In: Pat Caplan , ed. The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415296427

'The Politics of Risk Among London Prostitutes'
Day, Sophie E.. 2000. 'The Politics of Risk Among London Prostitutes'. In: Pat Caplan , ed. Risk Revisited. London: Pluto, pp. 29-59. ISBN 978-0745314631

‘Good Risk, Bad Risk: Reflexive Modernisation and Amazonia’
Nugent, Stephen. 2000. ‘Good Risk, Bad Risk: Reflexive Modernisation and Amazonia’. In: Pat Caplan , ed. Risk Revisited. London: Pluto Press, pp. 226-248. ISBN 978-0745314631

Article

Terror, Witchcraft and Risk
Caplan, Pat. 2006. Terror, Witchcraft and Risk. AnthroGlobe, ISSN 1481-3440

Conference or Workshop Item

'Changing Swahili cultures in a globalising world: An approach from anthropology’
Caplan, Pat. 2009. ''Changing Swahili cultures in a globalising world: An approach from anthropology’ '. In: ‘Cultural Dynamics of Pre-colonial and Colonial Swahili society’ . Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea, Republic of 14-15th May 2009.

'But is it real food? Responses to globalisation in Tanzania and India
Caplan, Pat. 2006. ''But is it real food? Responses to globalisation in Tanzania and India'. In: SCOFF panel of the BSA Annual Conference on Order and Disorder. Harrogate, United Kingdom.

'Towards a feminist ethics of anthropology'
Caplan, Pat. 2005. ''Towards a feminist ethics of anthropology' '. In: LOVA (Gender and Anthropology) conference . , Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

'Anthropology in the new world (dis)order' Keynote lecture at the Annual Conference of South African Anthropologists
Caplan, Pat. 2003. ''Anthropology in the new world (dis)order' Keynote lecture at the Annual Conference of South African Anthropologists'. In: Annual Conference of South African Anthropologists. University of Cape Town, South Africa.

'Anthropology as a moral discipline: social justice, ethics and human rights'
Caplan, Pat. 2002. ''Anthropology as a moral discipline: social justice, ethics and human rights' '. In: Canadian Anthropology Society Conference, 'Social justice, culture and power' . University of Windsor, Canada.

'Risky Business: The Changing Landscapes of Anthropology'
Caplan, Pat. 2001. ''Risky Business: The Changing Landscapes of Anthropology''. In: Paul Stirling Memorial Lecture. University of Kent UKC, United Kingdom.

Audio

Interview with Paul Thompson in series ‘Pioneers of Research: National Life Stories’ 2009
Caplan, Pat. Interview with Paul Thompson in series ‘Pioneers of Research: National Life Stories’ 2009.

Film/Video

Hour-long interview with Alan Macfarlane for Anthropological Ancestors video archive.
Caplan, Pat. 2004. Hour-long interview with Alan Macfarlane for Anthropological Ancestors video archive..

Research

Recent Research Projects

Interview for the 'Anthropological Ancestors' Archive

I was one of the founding members of the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths. I was recently interviewed by Alan Macfarlane for the Web archive on anthropologists. In the clip I talk about the founding of the Department and its beginnings in the 1970s and 1980s.
[ Listen to the interview (requires QuickTime) ]

Current projects

Writing a historical biography of a man from Mafia Island, Tanzania