Santiago Genovés

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Santiago Genovés
Born(1923-12-31)31 December 1923
Died5 September 2013(2013-09-05) (aged 89)
EducationNational School of Anthropology and History
University of Cambridge
Known for"Peace Project" raft experiment
AwardsPope John XXIII Memorial International Peace Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational Autonomous University of Mexico

Santiago Genovés (31 December 1923 – 5 September 2013) was a Spanish-born Mexican anthropologist who was affiliated with the National Autonomous University of Mexico.[1][2] He is known for designing the 1973 "Peace Project" experiment, in which he and ten other people (four men and six women) aimed to sail on the Acali raft from the Canary Islands to Mexico. He hoped that this experiment would shed light on the causes of violence in humans and on how it could be prevented. The 101-day experiment, frequently dubbed the "Sex Raft" by the media, was the subject of the 2018 documentary film The Raft, by Marcus Lindeen.[3][4][5] He was also one of the researchers who originated, co-authored and signed the Seville Statement on Violence in 1986.[6]

Prior to the "Peace Project", Genovés had been part of the Thor Heyerdahl Ra expedition.


  1. ^ "Genovés, Santiago". Library of Congress Name Authority File. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  2. ^ Festschrift. UNAM. 1990. p. 21. ISBN 9789683610232.
  3. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (2019-01-14). "Mutiny on the Sex Raft: how a 70s science project descended into violent chaos". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  4. ^ Hooton, Christopher (2018-10-19). "Forget Love Island – the 1970s 'Sex Raft' social experiment was where the real drama was at". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  5. ^ Mangan, Lucy (2 June 2019). "Storyville: The Raft review – almost too deliciously ludicrous to be true". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  6. ^ "The Seville Statement on Violence: A Progress Report".