President's Dream Colloquium on Creative Ecologies

The Sustainability of Everything

September 26, 2019

About the Speaker

Timothy Ingold
Emeritus Professor, Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

Tim Ingold’s writing has been exploring three themes, all arising from his earlier work on the perception of the environment, concerning first, the dynamics of pedestrian movement, secondly, the creativity of practice, and thirdly, the linearity of writing. These issues all come together in his project entitled 'Explorations in the comparative anthropology of the line'. Starting from the premise that what walking, observing and writing all have in common is that they proceed along lines of one kind and another, the project seeks to forge a new approach to understanding the relation, in human social life and experience, between movement, knowledge and description. At the same time, and complementing this study, Ingold is researching and teaching on the connections between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture (the '4 As'), conceived as ways of exploring the relations between human beings and the environments they inhabit. Taking an approach radically different from the conventional anthropologies and archaeologies 'of' art and of architecture, which treat artworks and buildings as though they were merely objects of analysis, he is looking at ways of bringing together the 4 As on the level of practice, as mutually enhancing ways of engaging with our surroundings.

Lecture Topics


  • Ingold, Tim. “One world anthropology,” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 8, 1/2, (2018): 158–171.
  • Escobar, Arturo. “Sustainability: design for the pluriverse”, Development 54, 2 (2011): 137-40.
  • Ingold, Tim. “Designing environments for life.” In Anthropology and Nature, ed. Kirsten Hastrup. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013, pp. 233-246.


  • Ingold, Tim. “Culture on the Ground: The World Perceived through the Feet,” Journal of Material Culture, 9, 3 (2004): pp. 315-340.