About the Workshop

We are pleased to announce the Workshop on Evolutionary Theory in the Humanities, held as a satellite event at the 12th International Conference on the Evolution of Language in Toruń, Poland. This event is organized by Przemysław Żywiczyński, Sławomir Wacewicz (Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń), and Roland Mühlenbernd (Ca'Foscari University Venice); and funded by the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES). The workshop aims at bringing together researchers who all study human evolution, but come from diverse filed in humanities, such as cognitive science, epistemology, anthopology, linguistics, information science, sociology, cultural studies, etc. We are happy to be able to present the following speakers:

  • Peter Gärdenfors, Professor of Cognitive Science, Department of Philosophy, Lund University, Sweden
  • Nathalie Gontier, Researcher at the Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, Centre for Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Gerhard Jäger, Professor of General Linguistics, Institute of Linguistics, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Luke McCrohon, Researcher at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Jérôme Michaud, Researcher at the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Thom Scott-Phillips, Senior Research Scientist in the Social Mind Center, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


Time Speaker Topic
15.00 Jérôme Michaud A Taxonomy of Cultural Evolution Mechanisms
15.40 Nathalie Gontier The Importance of the Extended Synthesis for the Humanities
16.20 Gerhard Jäger The World Tree of Languages: How to Infer it from Data, and what it is Good for
17.00 Luke McCrohon How Selfish Cultural Evolution Can Account for Costly Linguistic Features
17.40 Peter Gärdenfors Pantomime as a Bridge between Teaching and Protolanguage
18.20 Thom Scott-Phillips Not Everything is a Nail
19.00 Plenum Discussion


Przemysław Żywiczyński

Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Poland
eMail: przemek@umk.pl

Sławomir Wacewicz

Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Poland
website: http://www.home.umk.pl/~wacewicz/

Roland Mühlenbernd

Ca'Foscari University Venice, Italy
website: https://www.muehlenbernd.net/

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