David Zeitlyn

Personal Web Pages at University of Oxford

These pages were first established when I transfered to Oxford in 2010 after 15 years at University of Kent

Mambila related material is at the Virtual Institute of Mambila Studies.

A small AHRC funded project on "Facing the Future (with an eye on the Past)" ran in 2013
One of the outcomes of this was an open access paper 'Looking Forward, Looking Back' the introduction to a special issue of the journal History and Anthropology It can be read at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02757206.2015.1076813

Using clay as a long term digital storage medium. Time to bring back the tablet? No batteries and potentially readable in 6000 years. Beat that Apple or Samsung.

An interview with DZ made in 2002 as part of Sarah Pink's Visualising Ethnography project. This was copied here in 2012 when the orginal web site closed

I have an official web page at ISCA

My academia.edu web page is here.

Some Recent Books

An Anthropological Toolkit Sixty Useful Concepts

ISBN 978-1-80073-470-8 $99.00/£72.00 / Hb /
ISBN 978-1-80073-535-4 $14.95/£9.99 / Pb /
eISBN 978-1-80073-471-5 eBook
Berghahn Books Sept 2022
The Introduction is online via the publishers website:

Reviews and media

Media discussions

My Youtube summary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs3LLudEFT4l

Anthropotamus - Anthropology Podcast 15 Oct 2022 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/anthropotamus-anthropology-podcast/id1574824932?i=1000582766974l

Recording of the Book Launch at the RAI 5 Dec 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvmW0zo8p7Yl

From Acaudio & The Know Show Podcast: summary of the book https://acaudio.com/publication/502l


May 2023 CHOICE connect: A publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries https://www.choice360.org/choice-pick/the-top-75-community-college-titles-may-2023-edition/l

June 2023 Kate Sieck on the AAA Anthropology Book Forum https://anthrobookforum.americananthro.org/zeitlyn-david-2022-an-anthropological-toolkit-sixty-useful-concepts-new-york-berghahn-books-150-pg-isbn-978-1-80073-470-8/
From this review: "the book is a timely offering for elevating and enhancing the value of anthropological thinking, and enabling practitioners to re-engage with the depth of the discipline. Highly recommended."

forthcoming Glenn Bowman in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

Mambila Divination

Mambila Divination: Framing Questions, Constructing Answers (Routledge Studies in Anthropology). 2020. London: Routledge.
HB: ISBN 9780367199500.
PB: ISBN 9781032174082
The Introduction is online via the publishers website


This book has been reviewed by: Erwan Dianteill in International Journal of Divination & Prognostication 4 (2023) 167–170
From this review: "The book, with its exceptional ambition and thorough ethnography, is essential for all social scientists studying divination."

Excursions in Realist Anthropology

Published in 2014, a book written by David Zeitlyn and Roger Just: Excursions in Realist Anthropology. A Merological Approach
ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-6403-9 ISBN-10: 1-4438-6403-X
A sample chapter is online at http://www.cambridgescholars.com/excursions-in-realist-anthropology

Other Zeitlyns

Here is some material from some members of my family:

1. Material from Jonathan Zeitlyn

2. Material from Alice Zeitlyn

3. An article by my late father (10 Feb 1922- 18 March 1979). It has been typed up for web publication by my mother, Alice Zeitlyn: "Jokes and the Doctor-Patient Relationship" by Bernard B. Zeitlyn History of Medicine – Spring Issue 1972, Volume 4 No. 1 pp 10-12.

Other material

A scanned photo album from Rugeley

Some thoughts on UK politics 2014/15

Planning the Dictionary of Mambila Biography

Created 10 October 2010

Last modified 3 Dec 2023