Keynote Lecture 2008: Joanna Overing & Claude Lévi-Strauss

Keynote Lecture 2008Keynote Lecture 2008: Joanna Overing (in Oxford) & Claude Lévi-Strauss (from Paris)

SALSA V Sesquiannual Conference, Oxford/Paris

Joanna Overing, Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Chair of Social Anthropology, Collège de France

The Keynote Lecture 2008 was double: our distinguished keynote speaker in Oxford was Joanna Overing, who gave a memorable speech after the conference dinner; and from Paris Claude Lévi-Strauss addressed the conference by video.

Keynote Lecture 2008 Speakers

Joanna Overing (born August 12th, 1938 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American anthropologist based in Scotland. She has conducted research on egalitarianism, indigenous cosmology, philosophical anthropology, aesthetics, the ludic and linguistics through fieldwork in Amazonia. She has extensively studied indigenous Piaroa people in the Orinoco basin of Venezuela. (

Claude Lévi-Strauss (28 November 1908 – 30 October 2009) was a Belgian-born French anthropologist and ethnologist whose work was key in the development of the theory of structuralism and structural anthropology.He held the chair of Social Anthropology at the Collège de France between 1959 and 1982 and was elected a member of the Académie française in 1973. He received numerous honors from universities and institutions throughout the world and has been called, alongside James George Frazer and Franz Boas, the “father of modern anthropology”. (évi-Strauss)