Hello. I’m a writer, radio broadcaster, GP, and the 2019-2020 Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony’s College Oxford. I live in London, and I’m deeply curious about human society and culture, history, science, archaeology, politics, language, and nature – among other things. I realise that’s pretty much everything. 

Here’s one of my life’s highlights: in 2016, I wrote and presented a major BBC Radio 4 series on my favourite subject of all: social and cultural anthropology. “From Savage To Self” is a ten-part journey charting the evolution of anthropology and its impact on wider society. Below are links to all the episodes in chronological order. Have a listen, and feel free to let me know your thoughts – either via this website, or follow me on Twitter: @fjrrl

Episode 1: Anthropology is born

Episode 2: The Colonial Encounter

Episode 3: Culture Goes Plural

Episode 4: Participating And Observing

Episode 5: Coming Of Age

Episode 6: Anthropology Goes To War

Episode 7: Anthropology In Crisis

Episode 8: Anthropology Gets Practical

Episode 9: We Are All Anthropologists Now

Episode 10: Anthropology Faces The Future

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  1. Interesting talk on Cheekiness. I understand the same from a ludic perspective. Looking forward to the 2015 session.

  2. Thank you Farrah. I’ve only listened to one episode so far – anthropology gets practical – but I know I’ll enjoy the others as much I did that one. I loved the interview with Jim Yong Kim. He, Arthur Kleinman and Paul Farmer are exemplary role models. Please keep up the good work, Cheers!

  3. “From Savage to Self” is a wonderful series, and I have ‘favourited’ it on BBC iPlayer, listened several times over to the episodes, and absorbed more each time, with much pleasure. I am a freelance knowledge broker in healthcare, with a background in nursing, and prior to that, studies and research in Pacific history and anthropology. Like you, I have considerable affection and admiration for Margaret Mead, who for all her faults was a remarkable person, a pioneer in so many fields of activity and ideas. She’s not ‘fashionable’ these days, but we have much to learn still from her. Overall, I would like to thank and congratulate you for the fine breadth and depth to your series, and the engaging style in which you communicated. I have two regrets: firstly, that the programmes will only be available for a year or so, and secondly that as yet there is neither a transcript, book or CD available. If there were to be such media, I would head the queue to buy.

  4. Just watched _Osama bin Everywhere_ (2008) funny and moving. On C4 on demand. Thanks for the anthropology radio series too

  5. Farrah. I have just sat down and listened to every single podcast. Thank you so much, they were so interesting and so well put together. What an amazing opportunity for you! After listening to your podcasts, you’ve inspired me to study Anthropology- I’ll be applying for September 2018! Thank you a million x

  6. I’m finding your work fascinating. I have become an avid listener. However, “Cicero used it metaphorically to describe an accusation rebounding onto he who pointed the finger.” Onto he?

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