Marett Lecture

The Robert Ranulph Marett Memorial Lectureship at Exeter College, Oxford is a memorial lecture established in memory of the late R. R. Marett, D.Litt., D.Sc., F.B.A., Rector of the College 1928-43, by subscribers to a Memorial Fund.[1]

Date Lecturer Title
May 17, 1947 Dorothy Annie Elizabeth Garrod Early man and the threshold of religion
June 5, 1948 Herbert Jennings Rose Mana in Greece and Rome
May 7, 1949 Charlie Dunbar Broad Egoism as a theory of human motives
June 3, 1950 Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard Social anthropology: Past and present
June 2, 1951 (George) Gilbert Aimé Murray Till Nous came and put things in order
June 7, 1952 Sir Robert Eric Mortimer Wheeler Archaeology and the transmission of ideas
June 6, 1953 Raymond William Firth The study of values by social anthropologists
May 6, 1954 Leon Roth A contemporary moralist: Albert Camus
May 7, 1955 Robert Hugh Kirk Marett Indian civilizations of Mexico and Peru
May 5, 1956 Kathleen Mary Kenyon Jericho and its setting in Near Eastern history
June 6, 1957 Sir Alexander Morris Carr-Saunders The social sciences and the humanities
May 15, 1958 Edwin Oliver James The threshold of religion
March 11, 1959 [2] John Bryan Ward-Perkins A Parthian view of the Eastern frontier of the Roman Empire: the recent excavations at Hatra
June 7, 1960 Humayun Kabir Britain and India
February 1, 1961 Herbert Ian Priestly Hogbin Morality without religion
February 8, 1962 Courtney Arthur Ralegh Radford Evidences of Norse settlement in Britain
May 2, 1963 Sir Eric Ashby An anatomy of academic life
February 18, 1965 (Herman) Max Gluckman Moral crises: Magical and secular solutions [3]
February 25, 1965 (Herman) Max Gluckman Moral crises: Magical and secular solutions
February 24, 1966 Stuart Ernest Piggott The origins of the village settlement in prehistoric Europe
May 18, 1967 William Calvert Kneale The responsibility of criminals
May 9, 1968 Sir Alister Clavering Hardy Marett, anthropology and religion
May 8, 1969 Jacqueline Worms de Romilly Historical necessity in the fifth century, B.C.
May 13, 1971 Leslie Alcock South Cadbury excavations - Camelot, 1966–70
November 4, 1971 (John Percy Vyvian) Dacre Balsdon Romulus and Remus; the birth of a legend
May 18, 1972 Constantine Athanasius Trypanis Greek folk songs
November 8, 1973 Willard Van Orman Quine Substitutional quantification
November 12, 1974 Meyer Fortes West African seasonal festivals and the ancestors
November 20, 1975 Martin Biddle Patterns of authority? Problems in the emergence of Anglo-Saxon England
November 18, 1976 David Walter Hamlyn The phenomena of love and hate
November 3, 1977 Sir Edmund Ronald Leach The threshold of religion
November 14, 1978 Arthur Ernest Mourant John Ranulph de la Haule Marett, pioneer biological anthropologist
November 8, 1979 Charles Thomas Hermits on islands or priests in a landscape? Early Christianity in the Isles of Scilly
November 25, 1980 Richard G. Swinburne Are mental events identical with brain events?
May 12, 1982 Malcolm Donald McLeod African art and time
May 17, 1983 Dewi Zephaniah Phillips Primitive reactions and the reactions of primitives
1985 Ernest André Gellner Anthropology between positivism and romanticism
1986 Edward Thomas Hall Archaeometry: attempting co-operation between the Arts and Sciences
1987 Bernard Williams Humans, animals and machines
1988 David Francis Pocock Persons, texts and morality
May 8, 1989 Julian Alfred Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers From the love of food to the love of God
1990 Jean Sybil La Fontaine Power, authority and symbols in domestic life
April 26, 1991 Thomas R. Trautmann The revolution in ethnological time
1992 Caroline Humphrey Rethinking moral authority in post-socialist Mongolia
1993 John David Yeadon Peel For who hath despised the day of small things? Missionary narratives and historical anthropology
April 29, 1994 Fredrik Barth Ethnicity and the concept of culture
April 28, 1995 Alan Donald James Macfarlane Illth and wealth
April 26, 1996 Signe L. Howell "May blessings come, may mischiefs go!" Living kinds as agents of transition and transformation among the Lio
April 25, 1997 Geoffrey Ernest Richard Lloyd The uses and abuses of classification: Ancient Greek and Chinese reflections
May 1, 1998 Ruth Sophia Padel How myth uses us: Greek "Guyville" and women's rock music
April 30, 1999 Martin David Goodman Explaining religious change
May 5, 2000 Piers Vitebsky Forgetting the ancestors: Living without the dead
April 27, 2001 James Patrick Mallory The cultural worlds of the Indo-Europeans
April 26, 2002 Roger Just Of fishers and boats, and sacrificial goats: Interpreting the commonplace
May 2, 2003 Jonathan Webber Making Sense of the Past: Reflections on Jewish Historical Consciousness
April 30, 2004 John Bennet Archaeologies of Homer
September 16, 2005 Harvey Whitehouse The evolution and history of religion
May 12, 2006 Christina Toren How do we know what is true? The case of mana in Fiji
April 27, 2007 Jonathan Parry Hegemony and resistance: Trade union politics in central India
April 25, 2008 Sherry Beth Ortner Indie producers: Class and the production of value in the American independent film scene
May 1, 2009 Scott Atran Talking to the Enemy: The Dreams, Delusions and Science of Sacred Causes and Conflicts


Dates from the Oxford University Gazette


  1. ^ Oxford University Gazette; No. 2544, 30 April 1947 (p. 689)
  2. ^ delayed from original date of Feb 4 due to illness
  3. ^ The lecture was originally to be delivered on 14 May 1964 as "The politics of divination in Africa", but Gluckman was forced to postpone due to an attack of malaria. The Oxford University Gazette (No. 3192) announced that the lecture was to be delayed until Michaelmas term, and it was ultimately delivered in Hilary term of 1965, when Gluckman delivered the lectures for both 1964 and 1965. He discusses these events in his introduction to his edited collection The allocation of responsibility (1972).

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