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February 08 2014


Birds and people - Saturday Extra - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Environmentalist and author Mark Cocker argues that humans have a lot to thank birds for. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/birds-and-people/5028304

December 29 2013


The Future of Human Rights-Beyond Nuremberg

On November 13, 2013, the Stanford Human Rights Center hosted the latest discussion in its Human Rights Speaker Series "The Future of Human Rights-Beyond Nuremberg: The Historical Significance of the Post-Apartheid Transition in South Africa with Columbia University Professor Mahmood Mamdani. Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia and has also been listed as one of the "Top 20 Public Intellectuals" by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine in 2008.
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September 28 2013


The Alterity of Value and Vice Versa

August 20 2013


Airports | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Earth Beat, 6 July 2012. We check into the airport environment. How come flying used to be glamorous and now it’s more like being a herded animal? We meet the people trying to lift your airport experience to the next level - come fly with us. http://www.rnw.nl/english/radioshow/airports-0

April 09 2013


Embodiment: Taking Sociality Seriously | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures

A very wise person of our acquaintance once said, 'Read old books to get new ideas'. http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/embodiment-taking-sociality-seriously-audio

March 17 2012


Ambient Location and the Future of the Interface

UX designer Amber Case will share insights from her research in cyborg anthropology and talk about what really makes us human. Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist currently working at Vertigo Software. She founded CyborgCamp, a conference on the future of humans and computers. Her main focus is on mobile software, augmented reality and data visualization, as these reduce the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect with information. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a private location sharing application, out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding. She formerly worked at global advertising agency. In 2010, she was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Tech. http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP992057

January 14 2012


Gregory Bateson "Daddy, what is an instinct?" A Metalogue

A metalogue with Gregory Bateson

January 13 2012


Fabian Huxley Memorial LEcture

Tags: anthropology

January 02 2012


PRI: To the Best of Our Knowledge

Amazonia -- Deep in the Amazon rainforest lives a mysterious tribe known as "the Arrow People." We'll travel with an explorer who's trying to protect these indigenous people, and meet an anthropologist whose life was transformed by Amazonian shamans and the hallucinogen ayahuasca.

June 25 2011


Keith Hart at Max Planck

Tags: anthropology

June 20 2011


Endangered languages, lost knowledge and the future

Daniel Everett discusses the Pirahã and their language. The language has no words for numbers, no words for right and left and lacks any examples of recursion. This last trait forces us to rethink everything we thought we knew about language. The discussion of the Pirahã language itself is excellent, but Everett's discussion of why endangered languages need to be preserved is absolutely fascinating. His recommendations for preserving endangered languages include preserving natives speaker's land and their heath. He also recommends studying and documenting these languages over a long period of time, as he has done with the Pirahã language. From http://www.longnow.org/projects/seminars/ More information on this seminar is available at http://blog.longnow.org/2009/03/23/daniel-everett-endangered-languages-lost-knowledge-and-the-future/

April 01 2011


Dept Seminar: Money-go-round: personal economies of wealth | Podcasts

In this Anthropology Dept Seminar (11 February 2011), Professor Deborah James (London School of Economics) discusses the personal economies of wealth, aspiration and indebtedness in South Africa

March 30 2011


2007 Radcliffe-Brown Lecture - Anthropology is Not Ethnography

This lecture took place on 14 March 2007 Professor Timothy Ingold, FBA, University of Aberdeen Anthropology has been shrinking. Once an inclusive inquiry into the conditions of human life, it has increasingly turned inwards on itself. One reason for this shrinkage lies in the identification of anthropology with ethnography. Such identification leads us to think of observation as a means to the end of description. The lecturer will aim to show, to the contrary, how description not just literary but graphic and performative - can be re-embedded in observation. Overturning the relation between observation and description will enhance anthropology's potential to engage with biology, psychology and archaeology on the great questions of the origins and destiny of humankind. Download the entire paper here: http://www.proc.britac.ac.uk/tfiles/825683A/154p069.pdf.

January 16 2011


Tribe Helps Linguist Argue with Prevailing Theory : NPR

Dan Everett has spent 30 years studying the language of a small Amazonian tribe, the Piraha. His findings are challenging long-held linguistic theories and stirring a sometimes-bitter debate. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9458681

December 20 2010


Anthropology: Science or Humanity ?

The American Anthropological Association has stirred controversy by removing the word "science" from its long-term mission statement. Peter Peregrine, president of the Society for Anthropological Sciences, and Hugh Gusterson, executive boardmember of the American Antrhopological Association, discuss the decision, which has highlighted divisions between science-oriented anthropologists and those more focused on the humanities.

Malinowski Lecture: Rane Willerslev, "Frazer Strikes Back From The Armchair"

This event was recorded on 13 May 2010 in Old Theatre, Old Building The question which runs throughout this talk can be stated in stark form: is it a mistake to take our interest in an ethnographic phenomenon in the direction of an empirical investigation, when what is really needed with respect to its clarity is an imaginative contemplation of it? It is my overall argument that this is indeed the case and that the Malinowskian recourse to empirical evidence as the ultimate criterion for anthropological knowledge is misguided. Some phenomena dealt with by anthropologists are beyond empirical experience. As examples, I take two classical topics - the ‘soul’ and ‘ritual blood sacrifice’. I will show how both are essentially metaphysical issues, not empirical ones. Understanding them, therefore, is not a question of advancement in the actual material practice of fieldwork, but of the power of the scholar's speculative imagination. This finds an echo in Frazer, the last survivor of the old ‘armchair school’. His style of anthropology was marked by a deliberate speculative interrogation of ethnography - a process whereby abstract thinking gives force and meaning to ethnographic observations. Event listing: http://goo.gl/hUNpA

December 10 2010


Deconstructing Dinner: The erosion of civilizations (w/David Montgomery and Ronald Wright)

On this broadcast, Deconstructing Dinner features voices of researchers who have explored the evolution of agriculture and soil alongside civilization. David Montgomery, professor, Earth & Space Sciences, University of Washington (Seattle, WA) - author of the 2008 book "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations" (UC Press). The book explores the idea that we are and have long been using up Earth's soil. Once bare of protective vegetation and exposed to wind and rain, cultivated soils erode bit by bit, slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime but fast enough over centuries to limit the lifespan of civilizations. At the University of Washingotn, David studies theevolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He received his B.S. in geology at Stanford University (1984) and his Ph.D. in geomorphology from UC Berkeley (1991). David was hosted at Oregon State University in July 2009 by PAGES and was later interviewed by Tom Allen of KBCS. Ronald Wright, author, A Short History of Progress, (Salt Spring Island, BC) - novelist, historian, and essayist, and has won prizes in all three genres, and is published in ten languages. Ronald was the 2004 Massey Lecturer - a prestigious annual public event in Canada, for which he presented A Short History of Progress. One of his more recent works is "What is America: A Short History of the New World Order". He was born in England, educated at Cambridge, and now lives in British Columbia, Canada.

September 27 2010


The Artificial Ape

From: http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2010/the-artificial-ape There are seven species of great ape on the planet. How did the weakest ape come out on top? With breathtaking scope and depth, archaeologist and prehistorian Timothy Taylor presents a new and much-needed theory of technology. It not only turns Darwinian theory on its head, but also argues that (alongside physics and biology) it is the human relationship with artifice that has as powerfully framed and formed human evolution. Taylor compellingly displays how from the moment this weak bi-pedal ape chipped its first stone and slayed the stronger mega-fauna, the process of 'natural selection' and 'survival of the fittest' was undermined. From birth to death, from fire, tools, weapons, gifts and image making to screen technologies, it is our innovations that have allowed us to nurture immature offspring, increase protein intake, prioritise innovation, confer strength, define culture and spread ideas. Taylor goes even further, and asserts not only that technology evolved us, but that it is driven by its own unfolding logic. That the entire system of technological inertia is by now so immense that the sorts of choices left for us to make in the future are essentially trivial. Join Timothy Taylor at the RSA as he traces our relationship with artefact and technology, from the Venus of Willendorf to Anthony Gormley, referencing a huge range of culture and scholarship, casting a critical and surprising light on what is currently happening to our bodies and minds - why they are progressively and inevitably weakening, and why it may not ultimately matter. Speaker: Dr Timothy Taylor, reader in archaeology, University of Bradford, editor-in-chief, Journal of World Prehistory and author of The Artificial Ape (Palgrave Macmillan, 9 September 2010)

September 23 2010


Exploring Cambodia’s Lost Temples

The Indiana Jones story of a lost civilization on the Thai-Cambodia border.

September 17 2010


Maintaining Global Mummies; Reshaping Waistlines

Beyond the pharaohs, an amazing look at mummies and mummification around the world. Plus, we look at new fat-blasting technologies with the Wall Street Journal's Melinda Beck.
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