## Symmetric Anthropology as a Practice **When :** TBD; starting the first week of February. Email [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) if you are interested in joining.  **Mission :**  Oscillations seeks to actively educate people about the experiments happening at the margins of the World in places like Amazonia, Melanesia, and elsewhere, thinking-with the consequences they can have for the lives of ordinary people. We name the upcoming reading group, “Symmetric Anthropology as a Practice,” in so far as we seek to make explicit and sharpen the political consequences of this method of thinking-with Ancients, and the possibilities it opens for new kinds of social organization and experience. Oscillations is a ministry, a missionary and diplomatic work, using symmetric anthropology and Sky-Earth Systems Science (SESS), to bridge the cultural survival and autonomy of peoples at the margins of the World, with the reconstruction and revitalization of Ancients within the World (see [https://www.academia.edu/105365384/The_Sky_Earth_System_A_Manifesto_for_Learning_to_See_and_Think_as_a_Generic_Ancient](https://www.academia.edu/105365384/The_Sky_Earth_System_A_Manifesto_for_Learning_to_See_and_Think_as_a_Generic_Ancient)). We do this by directly working with peoples in places like Amazonia and Melanesia, while also deconstructing-and-reconstructing the Abrahamic matrix of the World, through thinking-with polycentric polytheism alongside Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Oscillations is an active practice of critique and obviation of the Moderns, through calling each person to be accountable to the other as a fractal person. Each person comes to be part of a collective person [a family, ethnos, nation, kinship unit] through being called to give and ask for reasons from the other, to think-with. This is a concrete, ordinary, and rational practice which we develop in the reading group, in online spaces, and elsewhere. **Aims :**  1. Formalize (in formal terms) what thinking-with is. 2. Practice the ongoing symptomology and critique of the Moderns [obviation, headhunting, ordinary talk, World-suspension, online practice], and arrive at a positive description of generic, Ancient science. 3. Define symmetric anthropology and its pragmatic and political consequences.  **Themes :** - Symmetric anthropology and its various methods, practices, and genealogies [Levi-Strauss, Wagner, Strathern, Viveiros de Castro, Latour, Laruelle]  - The emergence of Sky-Earth Systems Science (SESS) out of symmetric anthropology. - Cosmology. The Universe, the Sky, the Earth, Nature [ordinary physics, formal sciences] & Concrete practices within SESS [house and body-practices and  techniques]. - Ethnogenesis, or becoming a People through thinking-with. The social scaling of thinking-with [personhood and exchange, kinship and family systems].  - Polycentric polytheism & non-standard Abrahamism. - Prophets, Kings and Priests. Peace, Warfare and Diplomacy. - Regional and World-systems [galactic polities, kingdoms, state, Empire] - Mythologiques [Amazonia, Melanesia, Ancient Civilizations]. - Forms of talk. Sacred texts, prophecy, poetry and song. **Lecture/Seminar series :** We anticipate inviting various speakers, thinkers, and artists to our sessions as well throughout the year and opening these sessions to the public. ## Previous Reading Groups ### Anthropology at the Intersection of Worlds (2021-2023) Of what relevance is anthropology, and what must it become at this moment, at the intersection of worlds? At the ends of one and the beginning of the Human? We use Roam Research as a collaborative thinking environment to expose these materials to de- and re-composition, with the aim of producing and curating different kinds of thought-spaces. Possible Readings: Roy Wagner, François Laruelle, Patrice Maniglier, Anne-Françoise Schmid, Davi Kopenawa, Alain Badiou, Marilyn Strathern, Edward Butler, Donna Haraway, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Gerardo-Reichel Dolmatoff, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Plato, Proclus, Hesiod, Jadran Mimica, Bernard Narokobi, the Huainanzi, Laozi, The Pyramid Texts, the Watunna, the Popul Vuh, Roger Penrose, Richard Feynman, Isabelle Stengers, Lynn Margulis, E.P Odum, Rachel Carson, James Lovelock, Lukáš Likavčan