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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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