Evening Talks Syllabus

The anthropology of resistance

(To participate, please first register on EventBrite). Anthropology is intrinsically dissident, subversive and critical of all cultural assumptions. When the Radical Anthropology Group was founded forty years ago, we defined our project not as 'anthropology' in the traditional sense but as 'reverse anthropology', turning the colonial and postcolonial assumptions of our discipline upside down. One consequence was to place western culture and its assumptions in the spotlight, attempting to view our profit-oriented, individualistic, competitive and environmentally destructive way of life in cities such as London from the standpoint of indigenous activists including egalitarian hunter-gatherers. In these talks, we will try to approach fundamental questions about what it means to be human from the perspective of thinkers and activists whose cultural assumptions differ radically from our own.