Professor Alan Macfarlane, University of Cambridge will deliver a lecture entitled:
Four Civilisations Compared: China, Japan, Europe and the Anglosphere
How can we understand the runaway world in which we live? The pressures of mass migration, the doubling of technological power each year, the interconnectedness of electronic communications and the shift of power to the East all lead to an unprecedented situation. What have I learnt in my forty years as an historian and anthropologist which may be relevant to these problems? A short journey through four of four civilizations where I have worked may give us some hints. Each can be symbolized by a tree. China is the 'loving fossil' of the Genko – immensely ancient, durable and huge. Japan is the bamboo – bending, bound together by its roots into one intertwined system. Europe is the sweet chestnut, whose nuts are protected by a spiky and aggressive covering but inside sweet and nutritious like its culture. The Anglosphere (Britain and its former Empire) is the British oak – long-living, very strong and useful in making cathedrals and whisky.
The lecture will be held in the Richard Eden Suite and followed by a wine reception. All are welcome.
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The 2016 Anniversary Lectures Series have been organised by Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Fellow of Clare Hall.