Mary Douglas Memorial Lectures

The Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture is an annual event held in memory of Dame Mary Douglas. The lecture is sponsored by the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford, the Department of Anthropology at UCL, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and St Anne’s College, Oxford.


The 2019 lecture: Playing the Numbers Game in the UK’s Public Expenditure World: Where Goodhart's Law Meets Douglas's Law by Profressor Christopher Hood, Visiting Professor at Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford

An audio recording of the lecture can be found here


The 2018 lecture, The Politicization of Consumption: The World of Goods Revisited was presented by Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge

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The 2017 lecture, Gifts, entitlements, benefits and surplus: interrogating food poverty and food aid in the UK' was presented by Professor Pat Caplan, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London

An audio recording of this lecture can be found here



How BOFIs (Banks and Other Financial Institutions) Think was presented by Dr Michael Thompson, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna

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The 2015 lecture, 'The Societalization of Social Problems: Recent Social Crises and the Civil Sphere' was presented by Professor Jeffrey C. Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University.

An audio recording of this lecture can be found here>


The 2014 lecture, 'Irreconcilable Conflicts? Civil Wars from the Perspective of an Institutional Theory of Culture' was presented by Professor Paul Richards, Njala University (Sierra Leone).

A video recording of this lecture can be found here> (scroll to bottom of page)