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13:15 - 13:55 18 October 2012

Lunch Hour Lecture: Does Size Really Matter? Yam ceremonies in Papua New Guinea


Darwin Lecture Theatre - access via Malet Place | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE

Speaker information

Dr Ludovic Coupaye, UCL Anthropology

The Abelam people of Papua New Guinea are known for their elaborate initiation ceremonies. While these are no longer performed, the Abelam nevertheless continue to cultivate, decorate and display massive yam tubers, reaching up to 10 feet in length. Globalisation has deeply transformed local customs, yet this phenomenon, mixing agricultural techniques, rituals and magic, has maintained its relevance. This lecture will outline how non-western representations of society can, surprisingly, take the shape of very long yams.


Catherine Dean
020 3108 3838 | c.dean@ucl.ac.uk


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