History of the Foundation

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Journals & Publications

printing pressSince its beginning, the Foundation has promoted international scholarly communication and the dissemination of anthropological knowledge. Accordingly, the Foundation has encouraged a number of publishing initiatives to fulfill this goal.

The earliest effort by the Foundation in this area was the Viking Fund Publications in Anthropology series, which published over 50 monographs between 1943 and 1979.  In the 1950s, a similar push to foster communication and a world community of anthropologists resulted in the Foundation's establishing Current Anthropology, one of the discipline’s leading scholarly journals.

Over the years, Wenner-Gren symposium publications have had a major influence on the discipline's trajectory. Since the program's inception, nearly all of the meetings were published by the symposium organizers as stand-alone volumes. Some of these were produced as part of the Viking Fund series and others by independent publishing houses. Between 2002-2009, symposium outputs were published in the Foundation-subsidized Wenner-Gren International Symposium Series by Berg Publishers (Oxford). Since 2010, they have been published as supplementary issues of Current Anthropology, ensuring the broadest distribution possible.

Finally, the Foundation’s ongoing Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship provides financial support for young scholars to bring unfinished manuscripts or articles to completion, providing the time necessary to rework and publish research that will contribute to broader anthropological debates.