is an anthropologist who lives in Paris, where he has recently entered a number of collaborations with French intellectuals. He is Extraordinary Visiting Professor in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship and Co-Director of the Human Economy Program at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is also Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at Goldsmiths, University of London and Honorary Professor of Development Studies, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban.
Keith started out studying classical languages and literature and went on to explore Atlantic society from the point of view of Africans in West Africa, North America, the Caribbean, Britain, France and South Africa. He has taught in ten universities on both sides of the Atlantic, for the longest time in Cambridge, where he was Director of the African Studies Centre. He has worked as a consultant, journalist, publisher and gambler. He contributed the concept of the informal economy to development studies and has published widely on economic anthropology, especially about money.
His life is now defined by the poles of solitary writing and world travel. In this he is sustained by his family and by the virtual social network in his laptop.
Here is a soundbite from a two-hour interview with Alan Macfarlane:
Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Warden of Goldsmiths College, introduces Keith Hart’s inaugural lecture, 23rd October 2007