London Branch Seminar
Whereas strong education delivers knowledge that enables every generation to take a stand, weak education pulls us out of defensive positions. It entails not understanding but undercommoning: a distinction parallel to that between major and minor sciences. Education in the minor key opens paths, affording a freedom that is real rather than illusory, grounded in the necessity of attention and commitment to others. This is the freedom of habit. The school in its original sense offered freedom of this kind. It is a milieu of study that calls for active co-presence and affords a collective opening to feeling.
Tim Ingold is Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, on animals in human society, and on human ecology and evolutionary theory. His more recent work explores environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold’s current interests lie on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. His recent books include The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011), Making (2013),The Life of Lines (2015) and Anthropology and/as Education (2018).
Sessions are followed by a drink and further discussion in the Students’ Union for those who wish to attend. All are welcome.