Diversifying Portraiture

diversifying portraits

Helen Worrell, the Archaeology and Tylor Anthropology Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries, created this exhibition of posters which debuted at the ASA conference in September, 2018. Helen's academic interests lie in LGBTQ studies, which she specialised in when studying for a MA (Hons) in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh.  She also holds an MA in Information and Library Management.  As well as working in the Bodleian Libraries, she is Vice-Chair of the Oxford University LGBT+ Advisory Group. She is currently leading the project Changing the narrative: championing inclusive collection development for the Bodleian Libraries. 

The Tylor Library is part of the Bodleian Libraries and situated in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.  The Library currently has busts of Evans-Pritchard, Frazer, and Godfrey Lienhardt.  Whilst their contribution to the discipline remains invaluable, the Library and the School are keen to celebrate anthropologists from communities that have been overlooked.

Staff and students were invited to nominate an anthropologist who has inspired them from communities currently under-represented, for example people of colour, women, LGBTIQ+, disabled communities. The posters are now on permanent display throughout the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. 

Click on the images below to view the posters.