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Date:
10th Oct 2013

Time:
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Venue:

About this event

All staff and students are invited to attend a paper presentation by Professor Tim Ingold on Saami reindeer herding. Do reindeer transact with humans, as humans are alleged to do with one another? Or is a transactional approach no more appropriate for humans than it is for reindeer?

Just at the point when transactionalism was on the wane in anthropology, it was on the rise in psychology and the study of animal behaviour. Studies of non-human primates, in particular, likened them to Machiavellian strategists. The idea that social relations should be confined to intraspecific relations, however, is shown to be areflex of the assumption that humans are fundamentally different, in their mode of being, from all other living kinds.

Location:

Macquarie University Graduate School of Management (MGSM)
Caltex Amphitheatre (Room 121)


Professor Tim Ingold is Fellow in the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, as well as
Chair of Social Anthropology at Aberdeen University as well as department founder. His research is broad, but focuses especially on questions of environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, as well as on evolutionary theory, the role of animals in human society, human ecology, language, tool use, perception and skilled practice.

One of the most influential anthropologists active today, he is author and editor of a number of books,
including The Perception of the Environment: Essays in Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill, Lines: A Brief History, and Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. Prof. Ingold also edited the
Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology and was editor of Man (the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute) from 1990 to 1992.