The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) is a long-established anthropological organisation. It is dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology (the study of humankind) in its broadest and most inclusive sense. The new society was to be 'a centre and depository for the collection and systematisation of all observations made on human races'. In 1863 & 1870 there were two organisations the Ethnological Society and the Anthropological Society, which got merged to form Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (1871). Institute publishes three journals: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Anthropology Today, Anthropological Index Online and The Indian Antiquary.
The Royal Anthropological Institute’s Education programme, Discover Anthropology, has been set up to develop actions and strategies to inform teachers and young people about anthropology as a university subject, and to bring the subject more generally into pre-university education. It aims to provide provide good quality accessible information for students considering studying anthropology at university, to create a series of regular events and activities for young people and teachers and produce resources for teachers that draw upon the insights of anthropology. the RAI’s Education Committee has worked in collaboration with teachers, anthropologists and with the awarding body AQA (the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) to develop an Anthropology A-level. The Anthropology A-level is accredited by the national regulator Ofqual and is now being offered in schools and colleges throughout Britain. It offers a deep understanding of what we share in common as a species, how different societies work, how people live, their beliefs, customs, ideas, prejudices and aspirations. In an era when global understanding and recognition of diverse ways of seeing the world are of critical social, political and economic importance, anthropology has a central role to play in education.
The RAI administers a number of trust funds from the income of which it is able to award Fellowships at postdoctoral level in partnership with host universities, and limited financial support to postgraduate students of anthropology. The Institute also has honours, medals and prizes at its disposal, which are awarded in recognition of achievement of the highest order in anthropology.
The RAI has a unique reference and research collection comprising photos, films, archives and manuscripts. The photographic library consists of over 75,000 historic prints, negatives, lantern-slides and other images, the earliest dating from the 1860s. The photo library illustrates the great diversity and vitality of the world's cultures as well as the history of photographic image-making itself. The RAI is actively involved in developing ethnographic film and video, as a mode of anthropological enquiry and as an educational resource. It has an extensive collectionn of videos, copies of which are available for sale for educational and academic purposes. Films can be studied and previewed onsite. The archive and manuscript collection spans a period of over 150 years, providing a unique historical record of the discipline and of the Institute itself. Much unpublished textual and visual material entrusted to the RAI over the years is held in the manuscript collection, which is being conserved and catalogued on a continuing basis. Access to the RAI Collection is free to all RAI Fellows, Members, Student Associates and all undergraduate students by prior appointment. Others may visit the Collection on payment of an access fee.
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Royal Anthropological Institute that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.