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Dr Jerome Lewis
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  • Reader of Anthropology
  • Dept of Anthropology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Research Summary

Hunter-gatherer and former hunter-gatherer societies
Egalitarian politics
Play, ritual and religion
Language and communication
Indigenous rights, mapping and representation

Jerome Lewis began working with Pygmy hunter-gatherers and former hunter-gatherers in Rwanda in 1993. This led to work on the impact of the genocide on Rwanda's Twa Pygmies. Since 1994 he has worked with Mbendjele Pygmies in Congo-Brazzaville researching child socialisation, play and religion; egalitarian politics and gender relations; and communication. Studying the impact of global forces on many Pygmy groups across the Congo Basin has led to research into human rights abuses, discrimination, economic and legal marginalisation, and to applied research supporting conservation efforts by forest people and supporting them to better represent themselves to outsiders.

Teaching Summary

Dr Lewis currently teaches on Introduction to Social Anthropology, Advanced Ethnography of Forest Peoples, Ecology of Human Groups, Hunter-Gatherers: past, present and future, Research Skills in Social Anthropology and Material Culture, Current Issues in the study of Gender and Sexuality and he teaches at the Centre for Social Excellence in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He co-directs the Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability and the Extreme Citizen Science Research Group, is founder and trustee of the International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research, and is a member of the Human Ecology Research Group and Radical Anthropology Group.

He has previously taught at the London School of Economics (2003-2007). With Dr Luke Freeman he has spent several years developing digital tools for teaching undergraduate anthropology. The course won a commendation from the Higher Education Academy (2005). A resource he designed used text and film to provide students with problems to analyse that simulated the increasing levels of information an anthropologist would have in the field. It can be seen and used at http://clt011.lse.ac.uk:8383/steve/wgo/index.html.

01-SEP-2003 – 01-SEP-2007 Research and Teaching Fellow Anthropology London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2002   Doctor of Philosophy London School of Economics and Political Science
1992   Bachelor of Arts London School of Economics and Political Science
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