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Summer 2013

Symbolic culture emerged in Africa over 100,000 years ago, in a social revolution whose echoes can still be heard in myths and rituals around the world. These talks are a general introduction to anthropology, including the latest findings from genetics, evolutionary biology, primatology, cave painting research and archaeology. There is hot food in the venue and plenty of time afterwards for socialising in local pubs.


April 9: Myth, Market and Media: the bauxite-rich Niyamgiri in the London Stock Exchange Samarendra Das

April 16: The evolutionary emergence of language Chris Knight

April 23: The social life of counterfeits and the ascription of meaning and value to things Mark Jamieson

April 30: Ethnomusicology and the anthropology of sound Noel Lobley

May 7: Revolution in Judea: Jesus in anthropological perspective Chris Knight

May 14: Early human culture as reverse dominance Chris Knight

May 21: Culture as creative refusal David Graeber

May 28: Greenham Common: a modern matriarchy June Cleevely

June 4: The secrets of Stonehenge: a critique of Mike Parker Pearson Lionel Sims

June 11: Frogs, moon and sun at the Avebury monuments Lionel Sims

June 18: The origin of the family, private property and the state Chris Knight

June 25: Red stars and snowy mountains: linking folklore and archaeology Fabio Silva

July 2: Radical Anthropology Group Annual General Meeting


All talks held at the St Martinʼs Community Centre

43 Carol St, LondonNW1 0HT (2 minutes from Camden tube)

Tuesday evenings, 6.15–9.00 pm.


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