RAG Activism


    Chris Knight was a founder editor of the journal Labour Briefing and has a long record of political activism. During the build-up to the 2009 G-20 Summit in London, his involvement in the street theatre group The Government of the Dead led the Corporate Management Team at the University of East London to charge him with 'gross professional misconduct', 'insubordination' and 'bringing the university into disrepute'. He was suspended on 27 March 2009 and despite a petition signed by 600 academics and others was 'summarily dismissed' on July 22 2009. In his alternative universe, Chris is now General Secretary of The Labour Party.


    Camilla Power is an agent of The Government of the Dead street theatre group who helped to organise Dancing on the Grave of Capitalism at Hallowe’en, Canary Wharf, 2008, Zombie Mardi Gras to Hang a Banker, Oxford St, 2009, and G20 Meltdown at the Bank of England, April 2009. She is a founder member of the International Union of Sexworkers, and has worked with Reclaim the Streets, Climate Camp and Climate Rush. She helped the Hadza hunter-gatherers to establish their own Hadzabe Survival Council NGO.


    Ian Watts has been an anarchist activist all his life and was recently involved in G20 Meltdown at the Bank of England on April 1st 2009.


Ian Watts


    Jerome Lewis is a specialist on Central Africa and hunter-gatherer societies. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) with Yaka forest hunter-gatherers and to a lesser extent with neighbouring farming peoples. His research is a continuing long-term ethnographic study focused on Yaka social organisation, religion and ritual structures, child development and learning, Yaka relations with other hunter-gatherers, hunter-gatherers' relations with settled people and officials, and the impact of logging and conservation initiatives. Dr Lewis has also worked with Twa Pygmies in the Great Lakes Region, but especially in Rwanda before and after the 1994 genocide and war.


    Kathy Garlow (left) and Mary Sandy are representatives from the Six Nations on the Grand River community in Ontario, Canada. Their primary concern is to help defend their community against colonisation and develop international links in the struggle for indigenous sovereignty. The Haudenosaunee have been living as a Confederacy of nations organised by direct consensual democracy since 1142.


Kathy Garlow & Mary Sandy

    Dr. Dario Novellino received his Master in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies and his doctorate in environmental anthropology from the University of Kent where he is presently affiliated as a research fellow. Recently, he has completed a Wenner-Gren funded research on "Local Knowledge Hybridization in the Context of Conservation Development Projects". Between 2004-2005, Dr. Novellino also worked on an Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) project on anthropological methodologies and transmission of environmental knowledge, with strong emphasis on audio-visual documentation and participatory video.  His personal commitment and research interests include indigenous people's rights and advocacy, ethnobiological knowledge, natural resources management, perceptions of the environment and belief systems of small-scale societies. Since 1986, South East Asia has become the focus of his activities, and most of his anthropological research and publications have been focussing on the Batak and Pälawan of the Philippines. He is actively engaged in supporting these indigenous communities in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfil their rights.

Dario Novellino


    Ana Lopes gained her first degree in Anthropology at the University of East London. She completed a Masters degree at UCL, and a Ph.D at UEL on action research in the sex industry. She was one of the founders of the International Union of Sex Workers. She is currently teaching anthropology at UEL.


Ana Lopes

The Radical Anthropology Group has never defined itself as a political organisation. But the implications of some forms of science are intrinsically radical, and this applies in particular to the theory that humanity was born in a social revolution. Many RAG members choose to be active in Survival International and/or other indigenous rights movements. Additionally, some RAG members combine academic research with activist involvement in environmentalist, anticapitalist and other campaigns.


    Volker Sommer is involved with several activist projects including: Rights for Apes, lobbying in several countries to find a suitable home for ex-laboratory chimpanzees (video) and exploring and protecting West Africa’s biodiversity (homepage, more info).