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  1. Adam Kuper: Dr Seligman and the Islanders: considering Charles Seligman and his work

    Speaker(s): Professor Adam Kuper Chair: Professor Deborah James

    Recorded on 1 March 2012 in Thai Theatre, New Academic Building.

    Adam Kuper, who has written widely on the history and theory of anthropology, introduces the work of Charles Seligman, founder of LSE Anthropology, pioneer of fieldwork techniques, and medical doctor who devised means of treating servicemen for shell-shock. He gives insights into Seligman's journals and research notes housed in LSE Library, and provides commentary on Jonathan Miller's documentary about the 1898 Torres Straits expedition: 'Dr Miller and the Islanders', which reveals the problematic racist overtones of the views of late 19th century anthropology. The documentary will be shown after Adam Kuper's talk.

    Olivia Seligman, radio producer and member of the Seligman family, and students from LSE Anthropology will read extracts from Seligman’s journals and letters.

    LSE public lecture audio podcast and video media player page

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  2. RS26 - Is Anthropology Still a Science?

    Rationally Speaking | Official Podcast of New York City Skeptics

    Release date: January 16, 2011

    In a recent article in the New York Times (13 Dec 2010, Nicholas Wade reported that the American Anthropological Association had decided “to strip the word ‘science’ from a statement of its long-range plan.” Is this just a reflection of the long standing division between physical and cultural anthropology or is there more here? The revised statement says that “the purposes of the association shall be to advance public understanding of humankind in all its aspects,” a wording that opens the possibility for cultural anthropologists to engage in public advocacy on behalf of cultures they are studying. So, what kind of discipline is anthropology, after all? And, more broadly, should scientists cross the line from research into public advocacy?

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  3. What’s in a copy? Gustavo Lins Ribeiro 14 Sep 2011

    Talking Anthropology » Podcast » TA35-What’s in a copy

    In this episode you hear the keynote speech of Gustavo Lins Ribeiro – a famous Brasilian Anthropologist – with the title “What’s in a copy“. He gave this speech at the biannual conference of the german society of ethnology in the austrian academy of science (

    The introduction to the speaker is held by Prof. Andre Gingrich and after the talk we had time for a short interview.

    [The publication of this material on Talking Anthropology is authorized by Gustavo Lins Ribeiro.]

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  4. Trobriand Rebirth and the Fate of the Soul: An Old Debate Revisited | Graduate Council Lectures | UC Berkeley

    Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, Princeton University

    March 18, 2003 Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Campus

    Distinguished anthropologist Gananath Obeyesekere investigates and compares rebirth beliefs in an array of cultures and religions, including North American Indian, Ancient Greek and Buddhism.

    ABOUT GANANATH OBEYESEKERE A distinguished anthropologist and highly recognized scholar, Gananath Obeyesekere has made fundamental contributions in the fields of philosophy of religion, social theory, psychological anthropology, and Buddhism. He is currently engaged in fieldwork in remote regions of Sri Lanka studying the manner in which hunting groups influenced Buddhist practices. Much of his research has focused on psychoanalysis and anthropology, and the ways in which personal symbolism is related to religious experience. Obeyesekere has published numerous articles and reviews. His recent books include, Buddhism Transformed (1990), The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific (1993), and Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist and Greek Rebirth (2002). Obeyesekere is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Princeton University where he has taught since 1980, and has previously chaired his department. In 1955 he received his B.A. with first class honors from the University of Ceylon. He earned his M.A. from the University of Washington 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1964. Obeyesekere has received many prestigious honors and awards and has been elected a fellow of several societies, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and senior fellow of the Institute for Asian Studies.

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  5. Talal Asad: Thinking about Religion, Belief, and Politics | Graduate Council Lectures | UC Berkeley


    Talal Asad, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York Graduate Center

    October 02, 2008 Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Campus

    Talal Asad is a socio-cultural anthropologist, renowned for his contributions and research on the phenomenon of religion and secularism, and the religious revival in the Middle East. He discusses the attempts to define religion, the shifting place of "belief" in that endeavor, and some of its implications for politics.

    ABOUT TALAL ASAD Talal Asad is a socio-cultural anthropologist, renowned for his contributions and research on the phenomenon of religion and secularism, and the religious revival in the Middle East. In his work, Asad attempts to identify the historical shifts that have constructed the modern concept of religion. He focuses on the effects of modernization on religion, as well as the idea that liberalism and democracy are intricately linked with secularism. Asad's work encourages an interdisciplinary study of anthropology. His current research continues to focus on religion and the secular, and explores the genealogy of human rights in Egypt.

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  6. From Salvation to Spirituality: Contemporary Transformation of Religion Viewed from East Asia

    Susumu Shimazono, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo

    April 06, 2010 — 4:10 PM Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Campus

    In recent decades people in the United States, Europe, and Japan have tended to talk about spirituality rather than religion. Is it just a kind of cultural fashion or does it indicate some fundamental transformation of human civilization? In this lecture, Professor Shimazono proposes that the key to understanding contemporary religions will be found by inquiring into the role of the concept of salvation in the history of religions. The diversity of global regions must be taken into consideration as well. The East Asian perspective may offer some comparative insights to understanding the contemporary global religious phenomena.

    ABOUT SUSUMU SHIMAZONO Susumu Shimazono is a renowned scholar and historian of modern religions in Japan. His studies focus on Japan’s new religions, their rise out of the post-war period, the effects of popular culture on these contemporary religions, and their reception worldwide. His research interests also include Japanese religious history and Buddhism, along with comparative studies of religious movements in both Europe and America. In addition, he has made significant contributions to the emerging field of bioethics, leading the program A Construction of Death and Life Studies for the Culture and Value of Life at The University of Tokyo. This program proposes studying bioethics in the framework of Japanese culture. Shimazono is well known for his insights and research into the growth and thinking of the Japanese new religious movement called Aum Shinrikyo. He believes his work is significant because today roughly half of Japan’s actively religious population is involved with new religions, which have a profound effect on contemporary Japanese society.

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  7. Huxley Memorial Lecture: Johannes Fabian


    Friday 4 February 2011 at 5.30pm in the Stevenson Theatre, Clore Education Centre, the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.


    Although it helps to be aware of what philosophers think about knowledge anthropologists can neither simply relegate their epistemological problems to, nor find solutions in, philosophy. In anthropology knowing what and how we know is a practical, not just a theoretical problem, one we face in all phases of our work, from field research to writing (and teaching). Historical recollections of debates since the nineteen-sixties are followed by giving attention to two aspects of the knowledge-question in our discipline: Knowledge of what? and Whose knowledge? Guided by reflections on knowledge and survival, the lecture will end with an attempt to assess the present and future state of the question.

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  8. Claude Lévi-Strauss: Mythical Thought and Social Life | Graduate Council Lectures | UC Berkeley


    Claude Lévi-Strauss, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale du Collège de France et de l’ École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

    September 26, 1984

    Claude Lévi-Strauss: is a French anthropologist who demonstrated how myths encode categories of native thought. The lecture centers itself around mythical thought and social life

    ABOUT CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS Claude Lévi-Strauss was a French social anthropologist who became a leading scholar in the structural approach to social anthropology. He is famous for theorizing that if social scientists can understand man's mental structures they can then build a study of man which is as scientific as the laws of gravity.

    Graduate Council Lectures

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  9. Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Birth of Historical Societies | Graduate Council Lectures | UC Berkeley

    Claude Lévi-Strauss, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale du Collège de France et de l' École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

    HITCHCOCK LECTURE SERIES: September 24, 1984

    Claude Lévi-Strauss is a French anthropologist who transformed the study of kinship, marriage and family from a descriptive to a theoretical field, showing how the world's family and kinship structures are connected both through the symbolic processes of the human mind into universal principals of reciprocity in human social life.

    ABOUT CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS Claude Lévi-Strauss was a French social anthropologist who became a leading scholar in the structural approach to social anthropology. He is famous for theorizing that if social scientists can understand man's mental structures they can then build a study of man which is as scientific as the laws of gravity.

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