Jean Sybil La Fontaine#


Born: Nairobi,Kenya 1-11-31
Citizenship: British
Marital Status: Divorced, two daughters


EDUCATION
  • 1942-1949 Kenya High School for Girls, Nairobi.
  • 1950-1953 Newnham College, Cambridge, B.A.Hons.Archaeology & Anthropology: Class I
  • 1955-1957 Newnham College, Cambridge. Ph.D.

SCHOLARSHIPS
  • 1951 College Prize
  • 1952-53 Alma Blakeman-Jones Scholar
  • 1955-57 Gamble Scholar
  • 1957-58 Harkness Foundation Fellow,University of Chicago

POSTS
  • 1961 Part-time Lecturer, Dept.of Anthropology, King's College, Newcastle
  • 1962-63 Lecturer in Anthropology, Lovanium University, Zaire (two courses taught in French,one in English)
  • 1965-68 Lecturer in Anthropology, Birkbeck College,London
  • 1968-78 Reader in Anthropology, London School of Economics
  • 1978-83 Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics.
  • 1983- Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics
  • 1983- present Freelance research and writing

RESEARCH
  • 1953-1955 E.Uganda – Ethnographic study of the Gisu of Mbale District
  • 1962-63 Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo local politics and the ethnography of the city
  • 1984-5 Library research – anthropological studies of the family and kinship for ESRC
  • 1985-87 Great Ormond St Hospital London- child sexual abuse
  • 1992-4 Satanic Ritual Abuse- funded by Dept. of Health
  • 2007- Accusations of Witchcraft against Children in London

HONOURS
  • 1971 Munro Lectures, University of Edinburgh
  • 1973-77 Chairman, Association of Social Anthropologists of Great Britain and the Commonwealth
  • 1976 Henry Myers Lecture, Royal Anthropological Institute
  • 1983 Emeritus Professor of Anthropology London School of Economics
  • 1985-1987 President, Royal Anthropological Institute.
  • 1999 Honorary Doctorate, University of Linkoping, Sweden
  • 2003 Honorary Doctorate, The Open University
  • 2005 Saul Sidore Lecture University of New Hampshire, U.S.A.
  • 2008-01-29 Hon.Research Fellow Information Network on Religious Movements (INFORM)
  • 2008 D.Litt (Hon) Goldsmith’s London

CONSULTANCIES
  • 1987 Family Planning in Tanzania Overseas Development Administration.
  • Child Sexual Abuse, Economic & Social Research Council
  • York's Future, City of York
  • Family Planning, Overseas Development Administration
  • Anthropological Perspectives on AIDS in Africa for NIAID/USAID

OTHER NON-ACADEMIC WORK
  • various articles for popular magazines on anthropological subjects
  • consultant for TV series; Face Values interviews on radio and television
  • Member of various committees of Economic and Social Research Council including Research Grants Board.
  • Chair of steering committee for housing project for mentally handicapped.
  • Member,U.K. Advisory Committee Save The Children Fund
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