Dr Sumant Badami
Dr Sumant Badami (or Monty as he is known to most) is an Anthropologist and Honorary Associate at Macquarie University. Apart from being a passionate educator at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, he is a celebrant, jazz singer, martial arts instructor and currently training to become an officer in the Australian Army Reserves. He is fascinated by the experiences and habits of real people all over the world. He is driven to understand our humanity in all its shapes and forms; from how we physically evolved to become this completely weird and flawed species, to how we survived in spite of these flaws to populate nearly every square inch of the planet and live successfully in so many different ways. He is excited about human evolution, religion and ritual, identity, human agency, gender, power, politics and the state.
In essence, he spends his time deepening his understanding of how we communicate with each other; how we relate to other people and other groups; and how we understand ourselves and our place in the world.
He has spent most of his research living with the Paniya, a marginalised indigenous ethnic group in South India, who were slaves until quite recently. However, he is now working closer to home, where he is interested in how change happens in schools and communities. He also works closely with men and boys, using his anthropological knowledge to challenge the norms of toxic masculinity as well as other stereotypes of class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and race. He also co-presents a podcast called The Meaning of Life with fellow School of Life Faculty member, Dr Tim Dean.
Monty facilitates our Stay Or Leave? and How To Enjoy Life classes as well as our full day Making Relationships Work workshop.