Bristol Anthropology and Archaeology Research Seminar - Dr Jerome Lewis


25 March 2020, 1.00 PM - 25 March 2020, 3.00 PM

Dr Jerome Lewis, University College London

G.10, 43 Woodland Road

Evolutionary perspectives on Language and Music from a hunter-gatherer point of view

Humanity evolved its characteristic communicative practices while living as African hunter-gatherers. The ethnography of contemporary egalitarian African hunter-gatherers offers important insights into the role early musicking behaviours may have served our distant ancestors.

Building on insights published in 2017, this talk elaborates specifically on the role of song in supporting the evolution of the human communicative spectrum, political organisation and the gendered nature of the human division of labour.

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