How Anthropology Might Inspire Anti-Capitalist And Extinction Rebellion Activism

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Chris Knight

How Anthropology Might Inspire Anti-Capitalist And Extinction Rebellion Activism

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 19:00

The looming threat of climate catastrophe is forcing us all to re-think everything we thought we knew. Extinction Rebellion is a movement in urgent need of a scientific language and a sacred cosmology to replace the old patriarchal religions and attitudes which have dominated our minds up to now. In Radical Anthropology, we aim to assist Extinction Rebellion in every way we can, while suggesting that rule by the moon and gender egalitarianism of the kind practiced by hunter-gatherers can powerfully inspire our vision of a future world.

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A Christmas Fairy Tale: The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

This delightful fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm has become a RAG tradition, told every year on the last day of the autumn term, just before Christmas. It tells of twelve princesses and their periodic trips to the underworld, the narrator treating patriarchal marriage as a cruel punishment imposed on a coalition of sisters who had previously been free to dance the nights away. This magical tale introduces us to universal mythological themes which will be explored more fully in the Spring Term. Chris Knight will show how all such tales make sense in the light of the theory that human sexual morality was initially established by women.