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expires: 07 June 2013
Call for Papers: Reocating human origins - What if Adam lived in the forest?
- LOCATION: University of Cambridge
- ORGANIZERS: Doctoral Students, Division of Biological Anthropology
- DATE: July 5, 2013
NOW ACCEPTING ABSTRACTS FOR:
- 15 Minute Oral Presentations (Live at Conference, Remotely Webcast, Pre-Recorded and Archived on Conference Website)
THEME: Conventional scientific wisdom holds that modern humans evolved in the East African savannah. But what if the cradle of human evolution was actually the Central African forest, as hinted by new Y-chromosome results? How might this change our understanding of human evolution? This conference explores the implications of a forest origin for human population genetics, disease ecology, social systems, and cultural evolution.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Prof Mark Thomas, University College London: Genetics of Forest Ancestry Dr Corey Fincher, University of Glasgow: Origins of cultural and biological diversity Dr Tom Currie, University College London: Habitat Productivity & Ethnolinguistic Diversity Dr Peter Walsh, University of Cambridge: Disease, Social Complexity & Innovation
Can't make it to Cambridge? The entire conference will be webcast.
PLEASE SEND YOUR ABSTRACTS TILL 07/06/2013 TO:
expires: 14 September 2013
We welcome you to the Nordic Evolutionary Psychology Meeting, held in Tartu, Estonia, 12-13 September 2013. The theme of the meeting is comparative and multidisciplinary approach to evolutionary psychology.
expires: 31 May 2013
Rob Kurzban is currently seeking a full-time, paid research assistant to work in his laboratory, starting on August 15th of this year, continuing for two years. The position entails taking operational leadership of an ongoing United States Air Force funded project investigating the evolved function of revenge. Responsibilities include recruiting participants, managing the data-to-day operations of the experimental sessions, and managing one part-time undergraduate research assistant who helps to run experimental sessions. This position is probably best for someone who is interested in gaining experience in an experimental evolutionary psychology laboratory with the goal of eventually applying to graduate school in the area. The position is for two full years, and pays $28,500 plus benefits.
To apply, please send Rob Kurzban (firstname.lastname@example.org) a cover letter indicating your qualifications, a c.v. or résumé, and names and contact information of three potential references. (Please note that the successful applicant will also have to apply through the more formal channels through the University of Pennsylvania.) For best consideration, please submit your application by May 31st.
expires: 01 September 2013
Two doctoral fellowships in cognition and culture
Our new team of one PI and two postdocs will do research on [a] threat-detection: influence of evolved cognitive processes on the perception of risk in modern societies, particularly in terms of inter-group relations; [b] evolution and modern societies: influence of evolved cognition on political and economic attitudes in modern large-scale societies. Knowledge of French is not (initially) required.
Candidates should have pursued (or be finishing) Master's level studies in relevant fields in anthropology, psychology, economics or other social sciences. For more information, please write to pboyer [at] artsci.wustl.edu, providing details of your studies so far and of your goals.
expires: 01 September 2013
Post-doctoral position in: human evolution, economics and politics
The goal of this project is to investigate the influence of evolved human psychology on social processes typical of modern, large-scale societies. This work will focus on such topics as the design of institutions and their reliance on evolved preferences for cooperation; perceptions of markets and our social exchange psychology; how our “intuitive sociology” is based on evolved small-group interaction; how an evolved psychology of dominance and power is relevant to understanding modern politics; how political programs recruit intuitive moral understandings; etc. Some possible directions of research are described in a summary of the grant proposal. Knowledge of French is not required.
Candidates should have pursued doctoral research in a relevant field in psychology, anthropology, economics or political science. If you are interested, please send Pascal Boyer a CV and relevant publications (or links) as well as a short letter of motivation describing how you would envisage your contribution to this programme. Email: pboyer [at] artsci.wustl.edu.
expires: 01 September 2013
Temporary lectureship in Human Behavioural Ecology in the Anthropology Dept at UCL.
Twenty months starting Sept 2013Advert
The Ethnographic Database Project (EDP) is a web-based interface for the standardisation of comparative ethnographic data. The EDP enables anthropologists to enter information about their field research using a set of standard codes developed for cross-cultural application; the codes relate to a society's organization, kinship and marriage practices, subsistence economy, and pattern of sexual division of labor. The EDP is in the form of a web-based questionnaire, which can be accessed from any computer connected to the internet.
The EDP aims to complement widely-used comparative ethnographic datasets such as the Ethnographic Atlas and the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample by: (i) obtaining data directly from anthropologists who conducted field research in the societies of interest, (ii) using standard codes developed for cross-cultural application for all societies, (iii) expanding the range of societies for which coded ethnographic data are available.
The first stage of the EDP includes societies speaking Indo-European languages, which are underrepresented in the existing ethnographic databases. We welcome contributions from researchers who have conducted fieldwork in societies speaking these languages.
Visit the EDP website at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucsalfo/EDP to read more about this project, to view a sample version of the EDP, and to find out how to contribute. Please forward this link to anyone who may be interested in this project!