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In Memory of Professor Olivia Harris (1948 - 2009)

Olivia HarrisWe are very sorry to announce that Olivia Harris died in her sleep at University College Hospital on the morning of 9th April. She had been suffering from cancer.

Olivia made a very unique contribution to our Department personally and not just as an anthropologist. She will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with her family, friends and students.

This page is intended as a tribute to her memory, for colleagues, students and friends to remember her. Many thanks to Frank Salomon for providing this picture.

Olivia's Work

Olivia's Staff Page |

You can view an interview with Olivia (July 2008) at http://elearning.lse.ac.uk/dart/interviews/harris.html |


One of Olivia's last thoughts, as she felt wonderfully cared for in a marvellous hospital equipped with all the best that modern medicine has to offer, concerned the dreadfully poor and inadequate medical help available in Ramallah. It is for this reason that donations to Medical Aid for Palestinians are preferred to flowers. Donations can be made at https://www.bmycharity.com/OliviaHarris|.

You can learn more about the activities of MAP at http://www.map-uk.org/|.


LSE's news page|
James Dunkerley in The Guardian|, 20 April 2009
In the MINKA Diario de Londres|, 27 April 2009
Xavier Albó in La Razón, 19 April 2009
T'anta Wawa Talks|, 21 April 2010
Xavier Albó writes on Olivia Harris's life and death in T'anta Wawa Talks|, 22 April 2009
Nueva Cronica, p.18, 06 May 2009
Matthew Reisz in the Times Higher Education Supplement|, 21 May 2009
Wilfredo Camacho|, 15 June 2010 (English translation|)
Thérèse Bouysse-Cassagne & Tristan Platt in Anthropology Today|, December 2009
Professor Mark Goodale in American Anthropologist|, June 2011

Tributes to Olivia

A celebration of the life of Olivia Harris| - memorial event with photos and videos.

Rita Astuti's tribute to Olivia, read out at her funeral on 28th April 2009 at Southwark Cathedral, can be read here|.

Individual messages can be viewed here|.

If you would like to send us a tribute to Olivia to be put up on this site, please email anthropology.enquiries@lse.ac.uk| and we will add it to our tributes page as soon as possible. If you would like to send private condolences and do not wish them to be made public, please make sure that you state that it is a private message in your email.