Radical Anthropology Group
Next evening talk
Anthropologists now widely agree that Homo sapiens evolved with our especially large brains thanks to unusually supportive childcare arrangements. Whereas an ape mother must care for her infant all by herself, evolving humans developed complex systems of cooperative childcare, mothers choosing to live with their own mother and other relatives in order to share childcare tasks. In this workshop, we will explore how sexual relations during human evolution underwent a series of profound changes, with male energies increasingly harnessed to provision and assist mothers and their babies. When did the incest taboo come into force, and why? How does sex in human societies connect up with economics? This session will explore such basic questions as the ultimate nature of distinctively human kinship, family life, economics and sexual morality.
|29 Jan||Rule By The Moon In Human Origins And Evolution||Chris Knight|
|5 Feb||Sharing Like Sisters: Ritual, Egalitarianism And The Morality Of Cosmetic Exchange||Elena Fejdiova|
|12 Feb||Kinship And Human Origins||Mark Dyble|
|19 Feb||Gender And Ritual Power Among African Hunter-Gatherers||Camilla Power|
|26 Feb||Emerging Patriarchy In The Mythology Of A Previously Egalitarian Society||Cathryn Townsend|
|5 Mar||Against Nature? Homosexuality And Evolution||Volker Sommer|
|12 Mar||Sorcery And Spirit Owners On The Mosquito Coast, Nicaragua||Mark Jamieson|
|19 Mar||Massage And Bushman Shamanism||Chris Low|
|26 Mar||A Plains Indian Myth: When Women Lost Their Power||Chris Knight|
|2 Apr||An Amazonian Myth: The Woman Who Was Torn In Two||Chris Knight|
|9 Apr||Myths Of The Origins Of Fire||Camilla Power|
|16 Apr||The Dragon: Making Sense Of A Worldwide Myth||Chris Knight|
Many of our past talks are available as video.