What Should We Talk About Now Then?

Five Years, Sunday 16th October 12-6pm

 Free School and the Communist Gallery have been asked to present a day of activities for Five Years This is not a School. It was decided that the focus of this should be language, not least because of the slippery nature of the words ‘Free’ and ‘Communist’

The programme starts at 1pm, the gallery will be open from 12pm to allow visitors to view associated material.

 Free School at This is not a School

Anthropologists Chris Knight (University of Comenius, Bratislava) and Camilla Power (University of East London) will present an afternoon of interlinking talks and workshop activities on the social and political origins of language and symbolic culture:

 1pm, Myth, Magic and Folklore, Workshop led by Chris Knight

This workshop will focus on decoding a familiar fairytale, offering a window into world mythology.

2pm, Matriarchal Clans, Talk by Camilla Power

Following in the tradition of Bachofen, Lewis Henry Morgan and Fred Engels, Power asks did matriarchy ever exist? If so, when and where?

3pm, Origins of Language…why chimps can’t talk, Talk by Chris Knight

Why did humanity evolve the ability to communicate linguistically when our close relatives did not and what does this tell us about human nature?

More on the speakers

Chris Knight is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Comenius, Bratislava. He gained his Ph.D. from the University of London with a thesis on Claude Lévi-Strauss’ four-volume Mythologiques. His first book, Blood Relations: Menstruation and the origins of culture (1991), outlined a new theory of human evolution. Since then, his main research interest has been in the evolutionary emergence of language.

Camilla Power is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of East London. She completed her Ph.D. in 2001 at UCL under supervision of Leslie Aiello. Camilla has published many articles on the evolutionary origins of ritual, gender and the use of cosmetics in African initiation. Current research interests include the origins of religion, the Neanderthal symbolic revolution, grandmothers and cooperative breeding, and Hadza women’s ritual.

Chris Knight and Camilla Power are both members of the Radical Anthropology Group: www.radicalanthropologygroup.org

Communist Gallery at This is not a School

4pm, I am a Police Woman, Stephanie Dickinson

Recent collaborator with the Free School and Communist Gallery Stephanie Dickinson will reflect on what the Communist Gallery can give to new members and outside infiltrators.

Stephanie graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2010. She currently works as a teacher in adult education and is not really a copper. http://arrogant-lucy.livejournal.com/

This will be followed by an open discussion on the day’s events

5pm, (or thereabouts), Pub



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