Sondra Hausner (Director)
Sondra L. Hausner is Professor of Anthropology of Religion at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in Theology and Religion at St. Peter's College, Oxford. She is the editor of Durkheim in Dialogue: A Centenary Celebration of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (Berghahn Books 2013), and the author of two Durkheim-inspired monographs, Wandering with Sadhus: Ascetics in the Hindu Himalayas (Indiana University Press 2007), which won the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences, and The Spirits of Crossbones Graveyard: Time, Ritual, and Sexual Commerce in London (Indiana University Press 2016), as well as the co-editor of five volumes on religion in diaspora, religious life in South Asia, and social theory on religion. She has published widely on religion and ritual; the religion and society of South Asia; the dynamics of diaspora religion and globalization; feminist theory; and Durkheimian thought. She has been the Director of the British Centre for Durkheim Studies since 2017.
Robert Parkin (Treasurer)
Robert Parkin is an Emeritus Fellow of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, where he was formerly a Departmental Lecturer in Social Anthropology. His previous post was as a lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury. As well as his interest in the Durkheim school, he has worked on issues to do with kinship and marriage, identity and politics, and religion in relation to South Asia and parts of Europe, especially western Poland, on all of which he has published. In connection with the Durkheimian legacy, he has written on the work of both Louis Dumont and Robert Hertz, and has also translated the latter's work on sin and Henri Hubert's work on time into English.
Wendy James is at present Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology and Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford. Her research has been focused on peoples of the Sudan and Ethiopia. A former student of E.E. Evans-Pritchard, she has always been conscious of a debt to the Durkheim school, as reflected in her general book, The Ceremonial Animal: A New Portrait of Anthropology (OUP, 2003).
After studying classics and medicine, N.J. Allen qualified in social anthropology at Oxford, undertaking fieldwork in Nepal. He lectured at Durham and, from 1976-2001, at Oxford, where he became Reader in the Social Anthropology of South Asia. Apart from kinship theory, he has published on the Himalayas, the Durkheimian School, and Indo-European comparativism. Several of these interests are represented in his book, Categories and Classifications (Berghahn, 2000).
Susan Stedman Jones
Susan Stedman Jones studied at University College London (Philosophy and postgraduate Anthropology). She later completed a PhD in Philosophy, ‘From Kant to Durkheim’, while teaching Philosophy of Social Science and Sociological Theory at Goldsmiths College. She left to do independent research and has given papers in China, Canada, Brazil, Germany and France at international conferences. She published ‘Durkheim Reconsidered’ in 2001 and has contributed papers to collections on Durkheim (edited by Bill Pickering), e.g. ‘Durkheim and Representations’ (2000) and ‘On Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of Religious Life’ (1998). Journal articles include ‘Durkheim, the Question of Violence and the Paris Commune of 1871’ (The International Social Science Journal, 2009) and ‘Forms of Thought and Forms of Society: Durkheim and the Question of the Categories' (L’Année Sociologique, 2012). She has collaborated with the British Centre for Durkheim Studies since 1992, where she has been a regular contributor to its conferences and study days.
Willie Watts Miller
Willie Watts Miller was a close colleague of the late W. S. F. Pickering, founder of the Centre, has edited Durkheimian Studies / Études Durkheimiennes for many years, and since his last book, A Durkheimian Quest: Solidarity and the Sacred (2012), has continued to write on various issues, but especially to do with Durkheim and anthropology and Durkheim and an ongoing modern crisis.
Marek Sullivan (Research Assistant)
Marek Sullivan holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, specializing in the intellectual and cultural history of Modern Europe. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of The Oxonian Review, Managing Editor of the Journal of Secularism and Nonreligion, and Features Editor of The Religious Studies Project.