Ivan Karp was a National Endowment for the Humanities professor in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University.
Ivan Karp was National Endowment for the Humanities Professor in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and co-director of the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship (CSPS) until his retirement in May 2011. He passed away on Sept. 17, 2011.
Karp’s work has had a broad influence in anthropology, African studies, museum studies, African philosophy, public scholarship and many other fields. This online archive of his publications is intended to make that work widely available. The links at left provide lists of Karp’s books and downloads of his articles, as well as lists of the works published in the two book series for which he served as editor. Articles have been grouped into four themes, although many of his papers address more than one of these areas. T.O. Beidelman offers an overview of Karp’s work in an article published in African Studies Review in 2012. Karp’s fieldnotes and other unpublished papers and photographs have been donated to the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution. A guide to the Ivan Karp collection has been prepared to assist researchers.
Karp received many honors and awards during his career, among them: the Marion Creekmore Award for significant contributions to internationalizing Emory (2005); a Rockefeller Foundation Grant to establish the Institutions of Public Culture, a linked program of fellowships and student awards between Emory University and selected institutions in Cape Town, South Africa (2000-08); a Ford Foundation grant in support of Area Studies under the Crossing Boundaries, Cultural Studies and Area Studies Initiatives (1997); a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for a Postdoctoral Center in the Humanities on the subject of Public Scholarship (1996-2000); a Special Award for the Office of the Assistant Secretaries for Museums for research on Museums and the Cultural Imagination (1992); a Rockefeller Foundation-Smithsonian Institution grant for conferences on Museums and Communities and Exhibiting Cultures (1987, 1988); a Rockefeller grant for conferences on Museum Cultures (2006); and many more.
Karp also served as co-editor for the Indiana University Press series African Systems of Thought and the Smithsonian Institution Press series Studies in Ethnographic Inquiry. He served on the editorial boards of Museum Anthropology; African Philosophy; Les Classiques Africaines; Encyclopedia of Sub-Saharan Africa; Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy; Cultural Anthropology; Anthropological Linguistics; Anthropology; and more.
The Ivan Karp/Corinne Kratz Fund was created after Karp’s death to continue the collaborative work he and Corinne Kratz began in 1999 with colleagues in South Africa. Donations to the Fund support student research and workshops in South Africa through the African Critical Inquiry Program, a partnership between Emory and the University of the Western Cape.
All downloadable papers are used here with permission. Please do not recirculate them, but feel free to direct others to this website.