How Fossil Fuel Use Became Unsustainable

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Simon Pirani

How Fossil Fuel Use Became Unsustainable

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 18:45

Anthropology is not just the study of 'other people' - Western culture and society is included, too. This talk by one of the world's leading specialists will explain the shocking history of fossil fuel consumption in the industrialized world, focusing on the second part of the last century.

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Camilla Power

Why Menstruation Matters
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

This talk examines the biological and cultural impact of menstruation in human evolution. It looks into which species menstruate and why this evolved. What effects would highly visible menstruation have on hominin social systems? Why did menstruation become a critical biological signal and how did this affect the emergence of symbolic culture? The widespread distribution of menstrual taboos and observances indicates their great antiquity in human belief systems. Can we offer any predictions about the various forms these take in different societies?