Layla AbdelRahim

Biography :

Layla AbdelRahim is a Russian-Sudanese comparatist anthropologist and anarchoprimitivist author, whose works on narratives of civilization and wilderness have contributed to the fields of literary and cultural studies, comparative literature, philosophy, animal studies, ecophilosophy, sociology, anarcho-primitivist thought, anarchism, epistemology, and critique of civilization, technology, and education. She attributes the collapse in the diversity of bio-systems and environmental degradation to monoculturalism and the civilized ontology that explains existence in terms of anthropocentric utilitarian functions.

Her books Children's Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundation: Narratives of Civilization and Wilderness (Routledge 2015) and Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and the Birth of Education (Fernwood 2013) make a contribution to children's literary theory and a critique of education as rooted in the civilized need for the domestication of children as resources.


Layla AbdelRahim received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Upon graduation, she won the Watson Fellowship to conduct an anthropological study in Europe. She spent a year at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris before receiving her M.A. from Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Montreal. Her dissertation was published by Routledge in 2015. She is also the author of a book on the anthropology and philosophy of education, published by Fernwood in 2013. She has worked in refugee relief and journalism of war in North East Africa and currently teaches at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres on a part-time basis.

Layla is interested in the underlying premises of civilization and the principles of life in wilderness. These premises and principles inform specific economic positions and social organization that different groups adopt with direct repercussions for the environment. To understand the mechanisms that ensure the endurance of cultural choices, even when these choices are not viable, the researcher uses comparative and interdisciplinary research methods to examine the issuing material, social, and symbolic cultures and political and socio-economic paradigms. In other words, she works on a comprehensive approach to the Anthropocene and its concomitant Holocene Extinction from a biocentric perspective to explain the ecological crisis and the eruption of violence around the world. Layla interest in the epistemic foundation of civilized society came from my work on nationalism, violence, and war and led her to explore the links between fictional and scientific stories of origins and anthropological and other narratives of predation as well as the mechanisms of reproduction of violence through education and other cultural encoding. This investigation resulted in two peer-reviewed books. Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and the Birth of Education (Fernwood 2013) is an obvious wink at Foucault and it explores the ways in which the underlying premises of predation imbue the structure of pedagogy. Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundation: Narratives of Civilization and Wilderness (Routledge 2015) examines the impact on the environment that the civilized premises of the Anthropocene had through various mythological, religious, and scientific explanations about humanity and the world.


Layla AbdelRahim is a comparativist anthropologist. She is the author of two books, numerous essays, and fiction. Her main field is epistemology with a focus on civilization and the roots of violence between human animals and against other animals and the environment. Her work contributes to a range of disciplines, such as anthropology, epistemology, animal studies, literary and cultural studies, anarchism, philosophy, sociology, geography, environmental studies, and education.


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Works :

Author of Avatar: An Anarcho-Primitivist Picture of the History of the World (December 31, 1969)

Author of Beyond the Symbolic and towards the Collapse (December 31, 1969)

Author of Education as the Domestication of Inner Space (December 31, 1969)

Author of Interview with Layla AbdelRahim on Anarcho-primitivism, Red Anarchism and Veganism (December 31, 1969)

Author of On Objects, Love, and Objectifications: Children in a Material World (December 31, 1969)

Chronology :

February 10, 2022 : Layla AbdelRahim's Added.

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