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Radical Anthropology Talks

Tuesdays 6.45-8.30pm
Archaeology Lecture Theatre, Archaeology Building, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY
Tube: Euston or Euston Square

Info: radicalanthropologygroup.org @radicalanthro Facebook


Language, art, music and symbolic 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 archaeo-astronomy. 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 discussion after each talk and there are good local pubs for those wishing to socialise into the evening.


Autumn 2019 - An Introduction to Human Origins

24 September Chris Knight
Evolution, revolution and human origins

1 October Daiara Tukano
Existence As Resistance: An Indigenous Voice From Brazil

8 October Robin Halpin & Chris Knight
The Sleeping Beauty and Other Tales. Introducing the science of mythology

15 October Camilla Power
Why Menstruation Matters

22 October Alyssa Crittenden
Continuity and change among a community of East African hunter-gatherers

29 October Chris Knight, Milan Rai, Jackie Walker
Noam Chomsky: The responsibility of intellectuals 50 years onBook launch Venue: UCL Institute For Advanced Studies, Ground Floor, South Wing, Gower St.

5 November Jerome Lewis
Woman’s Biggest Husband Is the Moon. An example of women’s solidarity and power in a hunter-gatherer society

12 November Ian Watts
Red ochre and the emergence of Homo sapiens

19 November Chris Stringer
Human evolution: Where are we now?

26 November Ingrid Lewis
Spirits Of The Rainforest. Self-Government Through Polyphonic Singing

3 December Jerome Lewis
How language evolved from music

10 December Camilla Power
Women, cosmetics and the origins of art

17 December Chris Knight 
A Christmas fairy tale: The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces