Evening talks

Anthropology asks one big question: what does it mean to be human?

Next talk

Geoff Hughes

Location: ZOOM online

Please note this event is ZOOM only

Like many countries, Jordan is said to be in the midst of a "crisis of marriage," with activists pointing to everything from rising marriage ages to increasing rates of "spinsterhood," divorce and even "divorce before consummation" as evidence. This paper examines the state policies, cultural practices and activist tactics that render this crisis increasingly visible (if not thinkable), from the increasing circulation of statistics and statistical categories produced by government Sharia Courts to the statistical reports, training courses, and mass weddings of activist organizations like Jordan's Islamist charity "The Chastity Society." I argue that state efforts to legitimate its citizens' marriages have entailed subversive effects that increasingly draw the state’s own legitimacy into question--though activists may find that their own increased involvement in legitimating marriages has similarly ambivalent consequences.

This term we will be examining the Human Revolution, paying attention to myth, marriage, menstruation and more.


Tuesdays, 18.30 - 20.00 pm


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The class will be held in Daryll Forde Seminar Room in UCL Anthropology Dept (under UCL Covid guidelines) and we will run a Zoom livestream. 


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