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Civilisation Recast

Prof Stephan Feuchtwang, London School of Economics & Prof Michael Rowlands, University College London

Wednesday 30 October at 5.30 pm

Civilisation is a debated and contentious concept and is often associated with the prerogatives of the ‘West’, colonial histories, and even emerging global politics. In this book, Stephan Feuchtwang and Michael Rowlands use examples from Africa and China to provide a new conceptualisation that challenges traditional notions of ‘civilisation’. They explain how to understand duration and continuity as long- term processes of transformation. Civilisations are best seen as practices
of feeding and hospitality, of rituals and manners of living and dying, of entering the portals into the invisible world that surrounds and encompasses us, of healing and the knowledge of the encompassing universe and its powers, including its ghosts and demons. Civilisations furnish the moral ideals for people to live by and aspire to and they are changed more by the actions of disappointed grassroots and their little traditions than by their ruling authorities. Just as they revitalise and change their civilisations, this book revitalises and changes the way to think about civilisations in the humanities, the historical, and the social sciences.

Stephan Feuchtwang is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of several books on China, including The Imperial Metaphor and After the Event.

Michael Rowlands is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. The author of The Handbook of Material Culture and Reclaiming Heritage , he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Gothenburg in 2015.

A flyer with a discount offer can be found here.

This event is free, but tickets must be booked. To book tickets please go to https://civilisationrecast.eventbrite.co.uk

Location : Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
United Kingdom