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These talks are an introductory course for those who are interested in what it means to be human. Participation is free and open to all.

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  • Owing to the current pandemic, all talks are ZOOM webinars. To guarantee a place, please book your ticket in good time, at least one day in advance of your selected talk. We will email you the ZOOM ID on the morning of the event.

Language, art, music and culture emerged in Africa over 100,000 years ago, culminating in a symbolic explosion or ‘human revolution’ whose echoes can still be heard in myths and cultural traditions from around the world. These talks are a general introduction to social and biological anthropology, ranging over fields as diverse as hunter-gatherer studies, mythology, primatology, archaeology and archaeoastronomy. Radical Anthropology brings indigenous rights activists, environmentalists, feminists and others striving for a better world together with people of all ages who just want to learn about anthropology.

October 6: 'The revolutionary sex.' Camilla Power

October 13: 'Secret societies in British and Irish Neolithic passage mounds'. Fabio Silva

October 20: 'The Anthropology of David Graeber' UCL Anthropology Panel Discussion

October 27: 'Survival of the friendliest'. Brian Hare

November 3: 'Human origins: What's new?' Chris Stringer

November 10: 'Touched: Hunter-gatherers and the anthropology of power.' Morna Finnegan

November 17: 'Peer-to-peer connected cosmos: Beyond egalitarian/hierarchical hunter-gatherer societies'. Nurit Bird-David

November 24: 'How hunter-gatherers ensure sharing - a woman’s biggest husband is the moon.' Jerome Lewis

December 1: 'Living cosmology: Disarming the sacred' Jerome Lewis

December 8: 'Revolution in the age of coronavirus' Mark Kosman

December 15: 'A Christmas fairy tale: The shoes that were danced to pieces' Chris Knight

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