Dr Elizabeth Hallam

Elizabeth Hallam is a Research Associate in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford; and an Hon. Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, and Hon. Curatorial Fellow, at University of Aberdeen.

She is also Editor of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Her research and publications focus on the anthropology of the body; death and dying; material and visual cultures; human anatomy; three-dimensional models, especially in medical education; making and design; mixed-media sculpture; history and anthropology; experimental research methods with images and texts.
Her most recent book is Anatomy Museum: Death and the Body Displayed (Reaktion), which won the Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems (2016).

She is involved in collaborative museum, exhibition and installation projects. Her recent exhibitions include ‘Designing Bodies: Models of Human Anatomy from 1945 to Now’ at the Royal College of Surgeons of England’ (2015-16), for which she was guest curator. 

With an interdisciplinary team at the University of Melbourne, she is the partner investigator for the project ‘Disposal of the dead: beyond burial and cremation’, funded by the Australian Research Council. As a key part of this, she is leading a programme of displays and events to be produced in collaboration with artists in Melbourne.

Elizabeth Hallam is currently developing two projects in association with the Pitt Rivers Museum: 

  • matter in motion – an installation based on a sensory exploration of the elements, fire, water, air and earth. 
  • bodies in anthropology & anatomy – an exploration of visual, material and architectural relationships between these disciplines in historical and contemporary contexts. 

Click here for further details of her research and publications.