People and Places: Late C20th

28 October 2013, 17:00 - 19:00

CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

People and Places Reading Group: Experts, Politicians, Labs and Media in Late Twentieth-Century Palaeoanthropological Knowledge Production

Miquel Carandell Baruzzi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


Our Michaelmas reading group develops from Miquel’s interest in the ‘Orce man’ controversy that arose over a cranial fragment discovered in 1982 in Orce, Granada that initially appeared to be from a hominid but was later attributed to a donkey’s remains. In this session, Miquel will trace how paleoanthropological knowledge is “constructed” by different actors (academic experts, politicians, journalists) in excavation sites, laboratories, conferences and the modern media. Seeking a better understanding of the strategies used by scientists in this process, we will discuss how it is possible to analyse and begin to frame the construction of paleoanthropology as a scientific discipline at the end of the twentieth century.


Open to all.  No registration required

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