The Origins and Transmission of Culture (OToC): An interdisciplinary approach

Thursday 28 May 2015 (09:00-18:00)

Culture refers to any socially learned and shared behavioral patterns and is thus not restricted to extant humans. The study of culture encompasses the fields of biology, archaeology, psychology, and anthropology. It is essential for researchers across these disciplines to meet and discuss their work.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers from different disciplines to discuss the origins of culture (for both humans and non-humans), how it evolved, and how we can study these changes. We expect delegates to learn more about how different disciplines tackle the same questions, to reflect on how their work relates to other research areas, and to see whether certain approaches are transferable to other disciplines. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity to establish links to researchers from other disciplines, especially for young academics.

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OToC is initiated and organised by a group of doctoral researchers from the School of Psychology and the Department of African Studies and Anthropology.

The Organising Committee:

  • Elisa Bandini
  • Eva Reindl
  • Nimrita Rana

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