An introduction to Social Anthropology
|Time||14:30 - 16:30|
|Tutor||Dr Jonathan Newman|
|The course asks students to examine and understand their own daily lives in order to understand the lives of other people in other places. Learning takes place through lively discussion as we unpick anthropological perspectives using students’ own personal observations and thoughts. The course brings anthropological perspectives into our own everyday situations, including our encounters with practices, story-telling, memory, identity, others, bodies, senses, material culture, species, and transcendence. Along the way, the tutor’s own research experiences (on coffee, ethics, violence, drugs, security and weapons) are used to help illustrate the learning.
Half term 14th- 18th February
Jonathan has studied social anthropology for almost 20 years. He has conducted research and published on: addiction, arms trade, automated vehicles, bicycle tours, cannabis, coffee, Colombia, conflict, Covid, emergency services, ethics, Fairtrade, holidays, peace processes, security, sound, teaching, trade shows, ultra-marathons, and violence. Jonathan enjoys how anthropology provides insights into daily lives, by listening to the relationships we form with the world and the stories that we tell about them.
Tai Chi Chuan and Nei Kung
Jonathan has been training in Tai Chi Chuan and the Nei Kung since 1985. His teacher Sifu Ray Rand is an original student of Master Lam Kam Chuen. Jonathan incorporates a number of practices into his own training including mediation and martial arts.