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Spring 2015

Symbolic culture emerged in Africa over 100,000 years ago, in a revolution whose echoes can still be heard in myths and rituals around the world. Our talks this term focus on human evolution in the light of hunter-gatherer ethnography, population genetics, biology, primatology, cave painting research and palaeolithic archaeology. There is plenty of time for questions, discussion and socialising.


Jan 13: Conservatism and how to fight it: lessons from evolutionary theory. Lesley Newson

Jan 20: My recent stay with the Hadza of Tanzania. James Woodburn

Jan 27: Human origins: why menstruation matters. Chris Knight

Feb 3: Noam Chomsky and the human revolution. Chris Knight

Feb  10: Telling the story of the Kalahari First People. Chris Low

Feb 17: An introduction to African ethnomusicology. Noel Lobley *

Feb 24: Gift exchange or barter? The origins and functions of money. Mark Jamieson

Mar 3: Mental time travel in crows and humans. Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

Mar 10: An Aboriginal Australian myth: ‘The Rainbow Snake’. Chris Knight

Mar 17: Can we reconstruct the world’s first stories, myths and rituals?  Camilla Power

Mar 24: Fire and human evolution. John Gowlett

Mar 31: A Plains Indian myth: ‘The Wives of the Sun and Moon’. Chris Knight

* = to be confirmed.


All talks held at the Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Rd., NW1 1HB (Euston).

All events are free but small donations welcome.

Tuesdays, 6.30–9.00pm.  More Info:

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An Introduction to Anthropology

The Human Revolution

Autumn 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.


September 24: Decoding myths: ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and other tales – Chris Knight

October 1: Claude Lévi-Strauss: The science of mythology – Chris Knight    

October 8: African hunter-gatherers and the moon – Chris Knight        

October 15: Darwinism and genetics: ‘the science of solidarity’ – Chris Knight  

October 22: Egalitarian societies today – Jerome Lewis

October 29: People, animals, blood and the moon – Jerome Lewis

November 5: The revolution which worked – Chris Knight

November 11: Utopian disjunctures and participatory democracy in Bolivarian Venezuela – Matt Wilde

November 19: Bronislaw Malinowski: Sex and family life in the Trobriands – Chris Knight

November 26: Key problems in human evolution – Chris Stringer

December 3: Women in Ice Age cave art – Camilla Power

December 10: African hunter-gatherers’ communal singing – Ingrid Lewis

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


All talks held at the St Martin’s Community Centre

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

Tuesday evenings, 6.30–9.00 pm.  

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Genetics: The Sociology of Identity

Sociology Special Issue Call for Papers

REMINDER – Deadline: 31 July 2012

There is still time to submit your paper to this special issue.

The special issue, for October 2013, addresses the many ways in which genetic knowledge and technologies intersect with the formations of personal, social, cultural, racial/ethnic and national identities in contemporary societies. It will bring together sociological analysis of identity concepts and practices with reflections on the role of genetic knowledge in the formation of contemporary identities.

Possible themes may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Genetics, normativity and the dynamics of identity
  • The role of genetics in creating and contesting racialised identities
  • Genetics, colonialism, imperialism and power
  • Genetics in social institutions: medicine, policing, immigration
  • State surveillance, including forensic DNA technologies and immigration politics
  • Genetic screening, and the remaking of health risk and at-risk populations
  • Social movements, genetic identities and the dynamics of identity-based activism around health, disability and other issues
  • New genetic identities
  • Genetics and the contestation and remaking of parenting and kinship
  • The geneticisation of sex/gender/sexuality
  • Fairness and equality: how wealth, economic structures, patenting, and the regulation of markets and products influence access to genetic testing and the ability to articulate certain identity claims

Editorial Team
Editor-in-Chief: Christine Hauskeller (University of Exeter)
Co-editors: Gill Haddow (University of Edinburgh), Steve Sturdy (University of Edinburgh) and Richard Tutton (University of Lancaster) 

Conveners of the ESRC Genomics Network stream on Genomics and Identity Politics

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Alternative Worlds: A retrospective of the last 111 years

Call for Papers / Art Presentations

Seminar in Visual Culture 2011
Deadline for proposals: 13 December 2010

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, Room ST 274 (School of Advanced Study, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, WC1B 5DN London)

This series of seminars acts as a forum for practicing artists, researchers, curators, students, and others interested in visual culture who are invited to present, discuss and explore a given theme within the broad field of Visual Culture.

In an attempt to escape the doom and gloom of the economic crisis the theme for 2011 is ‘Alternative Worlds’. The aim is to examine the dreams, plans and hopes, but also the nightmares and fears reflected in utopian thinking since 1900 in the Western hemisphere. What has become of all those possible worlds? How do they reflect their contemporary culture and society and what, if anything, do or can they mean for our present, or indeed, our future? What alternative worlds are engendered by our own times, by the world of 2011 itself? This is, hence not only a retrospective of past utopias and their after-lives but also an invitation to look towards our possible futures.

Looking backwards, we could revisit the Futurist utopia of a mechanical universe based on the principles of speed and technology, or look at the somewhat similar proposals of the American Technocratic Society for a world based on the laws of engineering. Or we could examine the repercussions of Hermann Sörgel’s plan for Atlantropa, a merger of Europe and Africa created by damming the Strait of Gibraltar, meticulously worked out in the late 1920s and promoted by Sörgel until his death in 1952. Or we could look at the architectural utopias of Modernism, at Le Corbusier’s Plan Voisin, or at GM’s 1939 Futurama exhibit of the ‘City of the Future’ with its intricate congestion-free road systems. We could look at the social housing projects of the 1950s and ’60s – those that were built and those that were imagined. We could look at the many futures inspired by the space age, or at the alternative lives and societies envisaged in reaction to the Cold War and the nuclear threat. We could revisit the multiple Ballardian worlds or the various projects for the future proposed by the architects and artists who contributed to “This is Tomorrow”, the exhibition held at London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 1956 and restaged in 2006 at Tate Britain. We could look at the social utopias of the 1960s, the communes, sex and free love as a basis for a new society. We could look at the alternative worlds inspired by the possibilities of robotics, cybernetics or genetics; or at virtual worlds, like Second Life or all those parallel lives made possible by social networking sites. We could look backwards and at the same time look forwards.

Contributions on any of the above topics or on other alternative worlds of the past and the present are invited from individuals working in the fields of art history, philosophy, literary, cultural and visual studies, fine arts, film and media studies, theatre, history, etc.

Artists are also invited to present new (and existing) work on the theme.

Please send proposals for art presentations (200 words plus images) or academic papers (200 words) to Ricarda Vidal: ||| by 13 December 2010.

Please indicate which date you would prefer for your talk.

Dates and times:

Wednesday 26 Jan. 2011, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday 23 Feb. 2011, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday 30 March 2011, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday 27 April 2011, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday 25 May 2010, 6.30pm – 8.00pm


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Against Educational Illiteracy: Why Creationism is Wrong and Evolution is Right

Professor Steve Jones

Thursday June 4th 2009, University College London, 17.00 reception, 17.30 lecture, 18.30 refreshments, Great Hall, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS
All Welcome

Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics and Head of the Biology Department at University College London.  

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Department of Education & Professional Studies
King’s College London, Franklin-Wilkins Building
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Waterloo Road
London SE1 9NH
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