Culture Matters: macro and micro level approaches to the history of cultural change

DISCIPLINE : ANTROPOLOGY

Culture Matters: macro and micro level approaches to the history of cultural change

Organizer : Heidi Colleran
Joint workshop of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST)
  
 
Every social science discipline must contend with how history and culture have contributed to their phenomenon of interest. From the distribution of our genes and languages to the institutions that structure action, from incentives to social norms, culture and the history of cultural change matters. How do different disciplines approach this question? This one-day workshop brings together scholars from diverse disciplines working on how culture and history influence the historical and contemporary dynamics of human phenomena. Along with members of the Department of Linguistic and Cultural evolution (DLCE) at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH), members of IAST will present their work with the aim of developing collaborative links through discussion of these wide-ranging topics in an interdisciplinary environment. We hope to generate exciting new interdisciplinary synergies between our institutes and invite all members and affiliates of IAST to take part.
 

Preliminary programme [in pdf file]

09.30-10.10 Introduction: "Why is culture contested and how is it measurable? Examples from Anthropology", Heidi Colleran (Anthropology), IAST/MPI-SHH
10.10-11.30 "Why is writing harder than speaking? The evolution of graphic communication", Olivier Morin (Cognitive Anthropology), MPI-SHH
11.30-12.30 "Are cultures like species? Comparing cultures using phylogenetic comparative methods from biology", Russell Gray (Biology/Psychology), MPI-SHH
 
14.00-14.40 "The developmental origins of humor and laughing in a learning context in babies", Lauriane Rat-Fischer (Developmental Psychology/Comparative Cognition), IAST
14.40-15.20 "What is known and unknown on genetic diversity and sensory perception diversity", Harilanto Razafindrazka (Biology), IAST
15.20-16.00 "Can cultural evolution learn from population genetics?", Adam Powell (Population Genetics), MPI-SHH
 
16.20-17.00 "Political Dynasties and Party Strength: Evidence from Victorian Britain", Carlos Velasco (Political Science), IAST
17.00-17.40 "The role of linguistics in multidisciplinary approaches to southern African prehistory", Anna-Maria Fehn (Linguistics), MPI-SHH
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