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RA1, RA2 and RA5c: Staff and output details and Category C staff circumstances


Allen, NJ - Category : C

RA5c - Category C staff circumstances:

Dr Nick Allen was University Lecturer, then Reader, in the Social Anthropology of South Asia at the School of Social Anthropology until his retirement in September 2001, when he became Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College and Research Associate of ISCA.   He undertakes research and writing with other members of the School, most recently on a project on ‘Early Human Kinship’ (to appear next year as a book, edited jointly by himself, Professor James, Professor Dunbar, and one other editor).  Dr Allen has no academic connection or affiliation with any academic institution other than Oxford.  He publishes from his Oxford address.

RA2 - Research outputs:

Number of outputs: 4

Output number: 1 of 4


The Indra-Tullus Comparison

Output type: Journal article
Journal title: General Linguistics
Month/year of publication: January 2003
Pagination: 149-171
Volume: 40 1-4
ISSN: 0016-6553
DOI: Not supplied ?
Other relevant details: This paper forms part of a long-term project to develop Indo-European cultural comparativism and is one of 41 articles on the subject published (or in press) since 1987 -- 16 of them published during the RAE period. The aim is to cast light on the cultural history of the Indo-European world (especially India), complementing the work of linguists. The personal background to this undertaking is explained in an autobiographical article in Ethnos (2003) 68: 271-284. Rome-India comparisons are particularly significant since the Italic branch of Indo-European split from the ancestral line of Sanskrit earlier than the Greek branch.

Output number: 2 of 4


The Close and the Distant...: A Long-term Perspective

Output type: Chapter in book
Editors: Georg Pfeffer
Book title: Periphery and Centre: Studies in Orissan History, Religion and Anthropology
Publisher: Manohar
Year of publication: 2007
Pagination: 273-290
ISBN: 81-7304-691-3
Other relevant details: This paper was one of the two keynote lectures at a conference in Germany. Allen’s other Indo-European comparativist papers are anthropological in a broad sense (they address issues such as comparison, historiographic method, and structuralism), but this one was addressed to a group that consisted more of ethnographers than of Indologists and tried to link fieldwork and philology in the manner of Mauss (whence the epigraph).

Output number: 3 of 4


Indo-European Epics and Comparative Method: Pentadic Structures in Homer and the Mahabharata

Output type: Chapter in book
Editors: Toshiki Osada and Noriko Hase
Book title: Proceedings of the Pre-symposium of RHIN and 7th ESCA Harvard-Kyoto Roundtable
Publisher: Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RHIN)
Year of publication: 2006
Pagination: 243-252
ISBN: 4-902325-06-3
Other relevant details: The analysis of the narratives draws heavily on previous papers (from 1996 and 2002 -- both addressed primarily to Indologists), but the emphasis here is less on the narratives as such than on the methodology of comparison. The misprints in the title were introduced by the Japanese editors. During the RAE period Allen has published nine other papers on the Greece-India comparison.

Output number: 4 of 4


Thomas McEvilley: The Missing Dimension

Output type: Journal article
Journal title: The Internation Journal of Hindu Studies
Month/year of publication: November 2005
Pagination: 59-75
Volume: 9 1-3
ISSN: 10224556
DOI: 10.1007/s11407-005-0004-8 ?
Other relevant details: McEvilley’s book, which compares the philosophical traditions of Greece and India, has raised considerable controversy and, together with others, Allen was asked by the editor of IJHS to contribute to a collection of review essays. The book interpreted the numerous similarities between the two traditions in terms of cultural contacts, whereas a better explanation is provided by hypothesizing a common origin. In arguing for an Indo-European proto-philosophy, the article forms a companion piece to ‘Indo-European Epics…’ (2006), which argues for a proto-epic. Both philosophy and epic exhibit the same pentadic ideological structure.