NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE EVOLUTIONARY SOCIAL SCIENCES

Tuesday 13th December to Wednesday 14th December, 2016
CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge.

Registration is now open: £50 (full price); £25 (reduced price)
For more information, please visit http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/26934 , or contact Andrew Buskell (a.buskell@lse.ac.uk)

SUMMARY

In the last thirty-five years, the study of human culture using evolutionary tools has exploded. Where once evolutionary models had been scarce, such methods are now used throughout the social sciences: in anthropology, linguistics, history and economics. Indeed, these evolutionary social sciences now constitute a mature field of research. There are institutions for research into the evolution of human culture, and new research societies promising dedicated journals to the study of cultural evolution.

Yet within the evolutionary social sciences – however mature – there is room for exploration, for new methods, and new approaches. This conference gathers together researchers working at the cutting-edge of the field, and will open dialogues on the as-of-yet unanswered issues at the heart of social science and cultural evolution. Progress on these issues will require the conjoined efforts of a wide range of disciplines whose natural home is not in the social sciences: archaeologists, mathematicians, geneticists, primatologists, and more besides.

LIST OF SPEAKERS

· Alberto Acerbi (Eindhoven University of Technology)
· Christine Caldwell (University of Stirling)
· Mathieu Charbonneau (Central European University)
· Heidi Colleran (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)
· Nicole Crenza (Vanderbilt University)
· Laura Fortunato (University of Oxford)
· Anne Kandler (City University of London)
· Olivier Morin (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)

This event is sponsored by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, The Galton Institute, and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH).