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HYBRID - Political futures from the deep past: thinking through the Dawn of Everything

15 June 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Political futures from the deep past: thinking through the Dawn of Everything

Panel discussion with Sonya Atalay, Luiz Costa, Paul Gilroy, Benedetta Rossi, and David Wengrow, chaired by Alpa Shah.

This event is free.

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Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL Anthropocene and Institute of Archaeology


Archaeology, Lecture Theatre G6
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

David Wengrow and David Graeber’s The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity offers a re-reading of the deep human past to help thinkers and activists trying to re-imagine today’s dysfunctional politics. If historical illiteracy and the absence of political imagination are two characteristic contemporary flaws, The Dawn of Everything proposes new long-term historical narratives to remedy them. In particular, it subverts long-accepted narratives of development, state intensification, and resource exploitation which privilege the colonial gaze.

Reflecting the book’s interests, this panel discussion brings together specialists in North American archaeology, Amazonian anthropology, race and racism, and African history to discuss the book’s implications with David Wengrow. It will be chaired by the late David Graeber’s colleague, Alpa Shah.


This event is part of 'Political futures from the deep past: thinking through The Dawn of Everything'. Other related events are:

Film screening and discussion with director Catherine Bainbridge accompanied by David Wengrow, Clive Nwonka and Maria Chiara D’Argenio.
16 June 2022, 10am-1pm

A discussion with Amitav Ghosh and David Wengrow.
16 June 2022, 5pm-6pm


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