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Radical Anthropology Talks

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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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  • All talks are currently 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.

Politics, human origins and indigenous worlds

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, feminists, environmentalists and others striving for a better world together with people of all ages who just want to learn about anthropology.

Jan 12 ‘When Eve Laughed: The origin of language’ Part 1 Chris Knight

Jan 19 ‘When Eve Laughed: The origin of language’ Part 2 Chris Knight

Jan 26 ‘The Moon and hunting in human evolution'. Ian Watts

Feb 2 ‘Changing myths of the Neanderthals’ Camilla Power

Feb 9 ‘The cultural evolution of music’ Dor Shilton

Feb 16 ‘Controversies over the concept of matriarchy’ Chris Knight

Feb 23 ‘Multinational corporations, “education” and indigenous rights’ Malvika Gupta and Felix Padel

Mar 2 ‘The Anthropology of Shakespeare’ Jacob Fishel

Mar 9 ‘The end of the world? Amerindian perspectives on climate change’ Rosalyn Bold

Mar 16 'Silbury Hill: reified blood rituals under a chiral moon'. Lionel Sims

Mar 23 ‘The Miskitu confederacy of sisters: Fusion, fission and conflict' Mark Jamieson

Mar 30 ‘Hunter-gatherer systems of belief: comparing BaYaka ekila with Hadza epeme' Camilla Power

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