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Rebecca Sear

Cancelled Owing To Corona Virus

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 18:45

There is a widespread assumption in the West that the nuclear family is the ‘traditional’ human family, particularly the ‘male breadwinner-female homemaker’ version of the nuclear family. In this talk, I’ll show data from populations around the world which demonstrates that the nuclear family is a rather unusual family form cross-culturally. I’ll also show data which provides evidence that humans are ‘cooperative breeders’, which means that women need help from beyond the nuclear family to raise children successfully to adulthood. For example, there is evidence from around the world that children who are cared for by grandmothers have better health and survival chances than those who don’t receive such care. At the end of the talk, I’ll discuss how the Western focus on the nuclear family is likely to lead to adverse health consequences for mothers, fathers and children. Throughout the talk, I’ll emphasise the importance of taking a cross-cultural approach to understanding the human family, and one which incorporates an understanding that evolutionary processes have shaped human behaviour. Such an approach is vital for improving the wellbeing of individuals.

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Thea Skaanes

Cancelled Owing To Corona Virus
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

In this presentation, Thea Skaanes tells a material story about Hadza religion and ritual generation of time. The Hadza have been used in academia as a relevant case-study for researching our common past, that is, the very human design. In such descriptions, the Hadza have been described as one of the least religious societies known, with a minimum of spiritual or symbolic practices. Along with others, such as Camilla Power, Skaanes argues that this assumption needs to be revised. During the evening, we will hear about material objects, rites of passage, men and women, spiritual transfers and how these are all anchored materially in the woman herself, in kinship and in the very generation of time.