Tim Ingold is a renowned anthropologist whose work has examined the relationship between the material and the social in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, art, and architecture. A phenomenologist, Ingold sees humans as beings that move through and sense a world that is itself also moving. In recent work, he has sought to replace traditional models of genetic and cultural transmission of practical knowledge, which rely on an alliance between neo-Darwinian biology and cognitive science, with a relational approach that focuses on the development of embodied skills of perception and action within social and environmental contexts. Ingold holds the Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and he is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His 18 books and edited volumes, which have been widely translated, include The Appropriation of Nature: Essays on Human Ecology and Social Relations (1986), Lines: A Brief History (2007), Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description (2011), and Correspondances (2021). The title of his lecture at UIUC is a quote adapted from Anthropology: Why it Matters (2018).
Tim Ingold's lecture “Philosophy with the People In: The Trajectory of an Environmental Anthropologist,” will take place on April 21, 2023, at 3:00 in the Levis Center. The lecture will be followed by an interview with the speaker, discussion with the audience, and a light reception.