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Chris Knight, Jerome Lewis
Wild Voices: Mimicry, Reversal, Metaphor And The Emergence Of Language
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 18:45
Two social anthropologists will draw on primatology, palaeolithic archaeology, evolutionary anthropology and hunter-gatherer ethnography to explain how language in our species evolved.
Evening class information
Our evening talks include discussion, are free and open to all.
Next evening class
Across Australia, Aboriginal myths say that during the Dreamtime, women held fire in their vaginas, hiding their firesticks whenever a man approached. The myths go on to say that one day, a male hero stole fire from women and handed it over to men. In this workshop, a number of different versions of the myth will be analyzed using the techniques developed by the founder of structural anthropology, Claude Levi-Strauss. We will explore whether such myths help us to reconstruct changes in gender relations across Australia in the distant past.