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Radical Anthropology Talks

Tuesdays 6.45-8.30pm
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, UCL Anthropology, 2nd floor,
14 Taviton Street, off Gordon Square, London WC1H 0BW.
Tube: Euston or Euston Square

Info: radicalanthropologygroup.org @radicalanthro Facebook


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. There is always time for questions and discussion after each talk and there are good local pubs for those wishing to socialise into the evening. 


Spring 2019 - Mythology, Sex and Gender

15 January Chris Knight
Did matriarchy ever exist?

22 January Chris Knight
How collective childcare works in practice

29 January Chris Knight
The centrality of the moon to human evolution

5 February Elena Fejdiova
Sharing like sisters: Ritual, egalitarianism and the morality of cosmetic exchange           

12 February Mark Dyble
Kinship and human origins                                                 

19 February Camilla Power
Gender and ritual power among African hunter-gatherers  

26 February Cathryn Townsend
Emerging patriarchy in the mythology of a previously egalitarian society                                                                                                              

5 March Volker Sommer
Against nature? Homosexuality and evolution                

12 March Mark Jamieson
Sorcery and spirit owners on the Mosquito Coast, Nicaragua                                                                                                                                   

19 March Chris Low
Massage and Bushman shamanism                                       

26 March Chris Knight
A Plains Indian myth: When women lost their power           

2 April Chris Knight
An Amazonian myth: The woman who was torn in two     

9 April Camilla Power
Myths of the origins of fire                                              

16 April Chris Knight
The Dragon: Making sense of a worldwide myth                  


Autumn 2018 - An Introduction to Human Origins

25 Sep Chris Knight
Did Matriarchy Ever Exist?

2 Oct Chris Knight
The Sex Strike Theory Of Human Origins

9 Oct Chris Knight
The Sleeping Beauty And Other Tales: The Science of Mythology

16 Oct Camilla Power
Why Menstruation Matters

23 Oct Rebekah Pluekhahn
Music, Morality And The Creation Of Value In Mongolia

27 Oct Jonathan Chadwick  
Saturday Afternoon Play-Reading Workshop: ‘The Story Of Go’    

30 Oct Rajko Muršič 
Everyday Communism In Slovenian Underground Music Venues

6 Nov Guilherme Heurich
Two Songs For A Red Girl: Music And Language In Amazonia

13 Nov Camilla Power
Ice Age Art

20 Nov Jerome Lewis
Woman's Biggest Husband Is The Moon

27 Nov Jerome Lewis
From Music To Language: A Bayaka Perspective

4 Dec Chris Stringer
Human Evolution: Where Are We Now?

11 Dec Ingrid Lewis
Spirits Of The Forest: Self-Government Through Polyphonic Singing

18 Dec Chris Knight 
The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces