About & Registration

Dates: 18-19 September 2017

The “Histories of Anthropology:  Transforming Knowledge and Power (1870-1970)” conference will be held on the 18th and 19th of September 2017 at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge.  The conference will examine the history of anthropology in terms of two broadly conceived themes. The first concerns the history of anthropology’s relationship with cognate disciplines. While the second explores the political and social history of anthropology, its relationship to governance, colonialism and broader political and social transformations. We are particularly interested in transnational and trans-colonial perspectives.  This conference is organized by the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of History, with support from the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden, and generously funded by the Royal Historical Society and the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund.


If you plan on attending the conference, and are not presenting, we kindly ask that you register on Eventbrite here.  A small fee for non-presenters (£ 5.00) will be collected at the time of registration to cover the cost of refreshments.


The conference will be hosted by Gonville and Caius College located at Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TA.  The college can be found on the University of Cambridge Map.

Getting to Cambridge

Information on parking in Cambridge is available here.
Information about Park-and-Ride facilities in Cambridge is available here.

Cambridge is less than an hour away from London by train with frequent departures from King’s Cross and Liverpool Street stations. The University maintains a schedule of Cambridge to London railway timetables. Further timetable information is available from National Rail.

Taxis are available for hire at Cambridge Station, which is approximately 1 mile from the city centre.

The central drop-off point for bus services is at the city bus station on Drummer Street  or Parkside.  Further information about bus routes and timetables is available from the University website or the Council website. You can also find information at National Express.

Cambridge Coach Services run an hourly bus service to and from Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick airports (telephone +44 (0)1223 423900). Railway service is also available from Stansted (for more information see National Rail Enquiries or from the UK call National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50).

More information about getting to Cambridge by air, rail, car, and bus is available from the Cambridge City Council tourist information site.


Please visit Cambridge Tourist Board for a comprehensive listing of hotels and guesthouses in the Cambridge area.

A link to college-based accommodations can be found here.

Disability Resource Centre

The University’s Disability Resource Centre can provide information about wheelchair access and parking for cars with disabled badges.  The conference rooms at Gonville and Caius College are wheelchair accessible.