CV (Nicholas Justin Allen)

Born 8 July 1939 in London. Married; two grown-up daughters.


1952-7: Rugby School; Classics Scholarship to New College, Oxford.

1957-64: studied medicine at Oxford, and then at St Mary's Hospital, London. Work at Oxford included one year of research in neurophysiology.

1965-72: studied social anthropology at Oxford (fieldwork in Nepal 1969-71).


1964: BA (now MA), BSc (Neurophysiology); BM, BCh.

1966: Diploma in Social Anthropology (now redesignated M.St).

1969 BLitt ('Some problems in the ethnography of the peoples of Nepal and their neighbours').

1976: DPhil ('Studies in the myths and oral traditions of the Thulung Rai of East Nepal'). Employment and Selected Activities After qualifying, spent twenty months as hospital doctor in UK. 1969-71: Associate Research Officer, SOAS, University of London.

1972-6: Lecturer in Anthropology at University of Durham.

1976-2001: University Lecturer (from 1997 Reader) in the Social Anthropology of South Asia, and Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College.

2001-. Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College.


   Fieldwork, Positions and Activities

1969-71 twenty months in East Nepal

1981, 1983 nine months in Kinnaur, H.P.

1982 Directeur d'études associées at EHESS, Paris (one month).

1985-7 Vice-gerent (= Vice-president), Wolfson College.

1994 Golden Jubilee Lecturer, Utkal University, Orissa.

1998 Following AAA conference in Philadelphia, gave lectures in Montreal, Chicago and Stony Brook.

2001 Exchange Visitor at Perm State University, Russia (one month). Keynote Speaker, Conference of Orissa Research Programme, Salzau, Germany.

2001-2 After retirement spent one year in India (half in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, half in Pune, Maharashtra). Anniversary Lecturer at Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune.



seven books (authored, edited or co-edited); around eighty articles (plus eight in press); about a hundred book reviews or brief communications. I am one of two General Editors of the Series World Anthropology (published by James Currey), and am or have been on the editorial panels of three journals (International Journal of Hindu Studies, Journal of Indo-European Studies and Studia Indo-Europaea (Bucharest)). Research Interests. Himalayan Studies; World-historical approach to kinship systems; Anthropology of Durkheim and more especially Mauss; Indo-European cultural comparativism.

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