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Autumn 2014

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. These talks are a general introduction to anthropology, including the latest findings from genetics, biology, primatology, cave painting research and archaeology. There is plenty of time for questions, discussion and socialising.


Sep 23: What does it mean to be human? An introduction to anthropologyChris Knight

Sep 30: Claude Lévi-Strauss: The science of myths and fairy tales – Chris Knight

Oct 7: Africa, hunger and big business: How ‘development’ aids the corporate takeover of food – Chris Walker

Oct 14: Did women once rule the world? A new look at the myth of matriarchyChris Knight

Oct 21: The stars and the stones: An introduction to archaeoastronomy – Fabio Silva

Oct 28: Out of Africa or Multiregional Evolution for modern humans – why is there still a debate? – Chris Stringer

Nov 4: The problem of economics. Homo economicus and human science – William Dixon

Nov 11: The Golden Bough: Yesterday and today Robert Fraser

Nov 18: British Pakistani women and the menopause – Mwenza Blell

Nov 25: ‘Woman’s Biggest Husband Is the Moon’: How hunter-gatherers maintain social equalityJerome Lewis

Dec 2: How language evolved from singingJerome Lewis

Dec 9: Spirits of the Forest: a workshop on African polyphonic singing – Ingrid Lewis

Dec 16: A Christmas fairy tale: ‘The shoes that were danced to pieces’ – Chris Knight


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

Talks are free but small donations welcome.

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Tuesdays, 6.45-9pm St. Martin’s Community Centre, 43 Carol St., NW1 (2 mins from Camden tube).

It is now known that symbolic culture began emerging in Africa some 100,000 years ago, in a social revolution whose echoes can still be heard in mythic narratives and ritual traditions from around the world.

This course is a general introduction to anthropology including the latest findings from evolutionary biology, primatology, rock art research and archaeology. The course should also be enjoyable: there are good local pubs, and there is always time for discussion and socialising.

Sep 21 – Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales, Chris Knight

Sep 28 – Introduction to anthropology, Chris Knight

Oct 5 – Revolutionary origins of society, Chris Knight

Oct 12 – Primitive matriarchy, Chris Knight 

Oct 19 – Early human kinship, Chris Knight

Oct 26 – Noam Chomsky, language and its origins, Chris Knight

Nov 2 – Hunters’ moon, Chris Knight

Nov 9 – Why the Human Revolution theory is wrong, Zoao Zilhan

Nov 16 – Behavioural origins of modern humans, Chris Stringer

Nov 23 – Origins of art, Camilla Power

Nov 30 – Mbenjele hunter-gatherers of central Africa, Jerome Lewis

Dec 7 – What future for the African forest people? Jerome Lewis

Dec 14 – Christmas fairytale, the shoes that danced themselves to pieces, Chris Knight

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