Penn Symposium on Cultural Evolution and Global Social Dynamics

May 16–17, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania

How do we bridge the gap between small-scale human behaviors and the large-scale social structures that humans inhabit? How do we get from human brains to languages, from small-scale interactions to large-scale social norms, legal systems, governments? A big part of the answer involves cultural evolution, and over the last few decades this has attracted increasing research attention, with strands of research from a number of fields finally beginning to consolidate into a new discipline.

The Penn Symposium on Cultural Evolution and Global Social Dynamics has two goals. The first is to bring together experts from across the world, and across Penn, to share insights on cultural evolution and its role in bridging gaps between individual human minds and the social structures they inhabit. The second goal is to provide a focus of attention for Penn researchers interested, or potentially interested, in cultural or social evolution.

Keynote speakers

Heidi Colleran

Heidi Colleran

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Nicole Creanza

Nicole Creanza

Vanderbilt University

Filiz Garip

Filiz Garip

Cornell University

Cristine H. Legare

Cristine H. Legare

University of Texas, Austin

Yphtach Lelkes

Yphtach Lelkes

University of Pennsylvania

Katherine McAuliffe

Katherine McAuliffe

Boston College

Alessia Ranciaro

Alessia Ranciaro

University of Pennsylvania

Paul Smaldino

Paul Smaldino

University of California, Merced

Organisers

Erol Akçay

Erol Akçay

Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Gareth Roberts

Gareth Roberts

Department of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania

Program

The symposium will take place over two days. You can download the full program, including speaker abstracts, here.

Registration

Registration is free, but we would like to know how many people plan to attend. If you would like to attend, please let us know here: Registration form

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