Kolokwia Antropologiczne 2013, 18.03, prof. Adam Kuper

prof. Adam Kuper, British Academy

18 marca, 2013, Pałac Kazimierzowski, UW, ul Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warszawa

‘Anthropologists and the Bible’

The anthropology of religion was shaped by – and sought to influence – new understandings of the scriptures. Maintaining an uneasy, often unacknowledged, usually one-sided dialogue with biblical scholarship, the Victorian anthropologists introduced new comparative perspectives. Succeeding schools of anthropology applied their own particular analytical methods. Over a period of 150 years, despite changes in intellectual fashions, the anthropology of the bible has been a testing ground for the anthropology of religion.


20 marca, 2013 r., Instytut Socjologii, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, ul. Grodzka 52, Kraków

 ‘Darwin and Cousin Marriage in Victorian England’


Charles Darwin married his first cousin. Cousin marriage – and the marriage of brothers and sisters-in-law – was common in bourgeois families in Victorian England, and a favourite theme of novelists. However, Darwin worried about consequences for public health, and he persuaded his son George to conduct the first scientific survey of close-kin marriage anywhere in the world. Why were these marriages within the family circle so common? And why did this pattern of marriage preferences come to an end?


Professor Adam KUPER is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has taught at universities in Uganda, Britain, most notably at the Brunel University London, Sweden, Holland, and the United States, and was the founding chairman of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. For the past three years Professor Kuper has been a Visiting Professor at the Boston University in the States. He is the author of a number of books on the history of anthropology, African ethnography and kinship theory, including The Invention of Primitive Society (1988), The Chosen Primate (1994), The Chosen Primate: Human Nature and Cultural Diversity (1996) and Culture: The Anthropologists' Account (2000), and the recent seminal publication Incest & Influence. The Private Life of Bourgeois England (2009) Cambridge University Press.