Radical Anthropology Autumn Term:




Language, art, music and culture emerged in Africa over 100,000 years ago, culminating in a symbolic explosion or ‘human revolution’ whose echoes can still be heard in myths and cultural traditions from around the world. These talks are a general introduction to social and biological anthropology, ranging over fields as diverse as hunter-gatherer studies, mythology, primatology, archaeology and archaeoastronomy. Radical Anthropology brings indigenous rights activists, environmentalists, feminists and others striving for a better world together with people of all ages who just want to learn about anthropology.

  • all talks are FREE, LIVE and on ZOOM, Tuesdays 6:30pm London time,
  • @UCLAnthropology, Daryll Forde Seminar Room, 14 Taviton St, WC1H 0BW
  • ***NB in case of UCU action, we are ZOOM only***
  • register here for latest info and ZOOM links
  • Sept 19 Chris Knight (UCL) Can Indigenous and Western perspectives see eye-to-eye? The value of two-eyed seeing.
  • Sept 26 Chris Knight and Camilla Power (UCL)The sex-strike theory of human origins now LIVE + ZOOM, sign into Eventbrite for latest info on day
  • Oct 3 Darcia Narvaez (Notre Dame) Mature human nature: The evolved nest
  • Oct 10 Kirsty Graham (St Andrews) The expressive chimpanzees of Fongoli
  • Oct 17 Toyin Agbetu (UCL) A Return to Action: A discussion revisiting the values of Action Anthropology
  • Oct 24 Camilla Power (UCL) On the ‘Human Revolution’
  • Oct 31 Chris Knight (UCL) The science of mythology: ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and other tales
  • Nov 7 Natalia Buitron (Cambridge) and Hans Steinmuller (LSE) Egalitarianism is hierarchy, autonomy is mutuality
  • Nov 14 Freya Hope (Oxford) ‘This land is our land’: Exploring New Travellers’ alternative worldmaking and activism
  • Nov 21Chris Stringer (NHM)Human evolution: some recent discoveries and their implications
  • Nov 28 Chris Knight (UCL) Oppenheimer and Chomsky: How war research shaped modern science
  • Dec 5 Jerome Lewis and Chris Knight (UCL) When Eve laughed: The origins of language
  • Dec 12 Chris Knight (UCL) A Xmas Fairytale: the Shoes that were danced to pieces