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Plumbing Nebulous Depths: Warfare in Humanity's Past

Tuesday, January 18 at 4:00pm

Anstett Hall, 195
965 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403

Please join us for a talk by Nam C. Kim, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 4:00 PM in 195 Anstett Hall and via Zoom. For Zoom registration, please email

When did warfare begin? Is it as old as humanity? How would we know? Signs of warfareappear as soon as we began creating our earliest written records several thousand yearsago. But what can we see beyond the literary horizon? This lecture highlightsanthropological research to contemplate warfare's origins, providing a glimpse into pastcontexts of organized violence in the deeper recesses of humanity's past. We will tourthe world, considering cases from the Ice Ages to present day. This lecture exploresevidence for varied manifestations of war and what the data reveals about our sharedpast, our evolution as a species, and our prospects for peace.

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Lectures & Presentations, Lecture


College of Arts & Sciences, Anthropology, Division of Global Engagement, Global Studies Institute, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies




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