2014 - Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey

Scope and Content

Recommendation, correspondence and photographs concerned with the conferment of the Burton Memorial Medal on Professor Caroline Humphrey.

Administrative / Biographical History

Caroline Humphrey's PhD (1973) from the University of Cambridge was on 'Magical Drawings in the Religions of the Buryats', during which time she concurrently studied for a Master's degree in Mongolian studies at Leeds University. Since 1978 she has held appointments in the Department of Social Anthropology (Cambridge). Together with Urgunge Onon she founded the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU) in 1986. She retired from her post as Sigrid Rausing Professor of Collaborative Anthropology, University of Cambridge, in October 2010 and became Director of MIASU.
Professor Humphrey has worked extensively in Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Nepal and Ukraine.


Two sub-series were created for correspondence and photographs.

Related Material

The Minutes of the Council Meeting may provide additional details of the award to Professor Caroline Humphrey. In the "ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2014",p.4, the conferment of the medal is listed with the lectures and activities of the Society. This can be accessed online .
The podcast for the Burton Memorial Lecture by Caroline Humphrey entitled, "Empires and their Merchants" can be found with Backdoor Broadcasting Company .