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.
Jan 19 Australian Aboriginal mythology: rainbow snakes and song-lines Chris Knight
Jan 26 A Plains Indian myth: The wives of the Sun and Moon Chris Knight
Feb 2 Biological and social anthropology: a stormy relationship Hilary Callan
Feb 9 Stories, myths and ways of knowing among Kalahari hunters and herders Chris Low
Feb 16 An Amazonian myth: The hunter Monmanéki and his wives Chris Knight
Feb 23 Archaeogenetics and modern human dispersals Martin Richards
Mar 1 A special world of time: lived myths of the Bayaka Pygmies of Central Africa Jerome Lewis
Mar 8 The Incredible Bleeding Woman, a cabaret performance Marisa Carnesky
Mar 15 A Greek comedy: Lysistrata and the sex-strike RAG workshop
Mar 22 Lysistrata decoded Camilla Power
All talks are free and open to all in the Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Square, London WC1E 6BT.
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