The annual lecture, in memory of Dame Mary Douglas (1921-2007), is sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute, the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford, and the Department of Anthropology at UCL.
The 6th Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be held in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre at St Anne's College (56 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6H) on Wednesday 22nd May 2019.
Playing the Numbers Game in the UK’s Public Expenditure World: Where Goodhart's Law Meets Douglas's Law
Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford
The 5th Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture was held at Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.
The Politicization of Consumption: The World of Goods Revisited
Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
The 4th Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture was held in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre at St Anne's College (56 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6H) on Wednesday 24th May 2017.
Gifts, Entitlement, Benefits, and Surplus: Food Poverty and Food Aid in the UK
Professor Pat Caplan
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London
The 3rd Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture was held at Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL on Wednesday 25th May 2016.
How BOFIs (Banks and Other Financial Institutions) Think
Dr Michael Thompson
International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis
The 2nd Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture was held on 3 June in the Mary Olgilvie Lecture Theatre at St Anne's College, Oxford.
The Societalization of Social Problems: Recent Social Crises and the Civil Sphere
Professor Jeffrey Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University
The Inaugural Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture was held at Harrie Massie Lecture Theatre, UCL on Thursday 23rd October 2014.
Civil Wars From The Perspective Of An Institutional Theory Of Culture
Professor Paul Richards
Njala University (Sierra Leone)
You can watch the recording of the lecture below: