Anthropology asks one big question: What does it mean to be human?
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.
17 Jan Decoding the Dragon in world mythology. Chris Knight
24 Jan Egalitarian civilisations. Jerome Lewis
31 Jan River of milk: road of ashes - the Milky Way in archaeoastronomy and myth. John Grigsby
7 Feb The music returns to Kai-as. Sian Sullivan
14 Feb How to run a brothel: a thought experiment on kinship, sex and economics. Chris Knight
21 Feb The hunter Monmanéki and his wives. Chris Knight
28 Feb Social norms underlying collective intelligence in hunter-gatherers. Vivek Venkataraman (ZOOM only)
7 Mar IWD special lecture Matchwoman or vampire? Strikes, sisterhood and the Victorian fear of female sexuality. Louise Raw
14 Mar Anthropology, activism and local environmental knowledge. Panel with Raj Puri, Paul Powlesland, Richard Jones, Pauline von Hellermann
21 Mar Navigating history in anthropology: modern witches and expanded historicities. Helen Cornish
28 Mar BITCH: On the female of the species. Lucy Cooke
These talks are held between 6.30 and 8.30 live in the Daryll Forde Seminar Room, University College London and also on Zoom. To guarantee a place, please book your ticket in good time, at least one day in advance of your selected talk, through Eventbrite. If you are attending virtually, we will email you the Zoom ID and passcode on the morning of the event.