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Culture Evolves, Southbank Centre, 28-30 June 2010

May 18, 2010

Culture Evolves
A joint Royal Society/British Academy conference

Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 June 2010
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1

Convenors: Professor Andrew Whiten FBA, Professor Robert Hinde FBA FRS, Professor Chris Stringer FRS, and Professor Kevin Laland

The capacity for culture is a product of biological evolution – yet culture itself can also evolve, generating cultural phylogenies. This highly interdisciplinary British Academy/Royal Society conference will address new discoveries and controversies illuminating these phenomena, from the roots of culture in the animal kingdom to human, cultural evolutionary trees and the cognitive adaptations shaping our special cultural nature.

The conference will be followed up by a panel discussion on ‘What is Culture?’ (date to be confirmed).

Speakers and Chairs
Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS, Dr Mark Collard, Professor Gergely Csibra, Dr Francesco d’Errico, Professor Uta Frith FBA FRS, Professor Luc­Alain Giraldeau, Professor Naama Goren­Inbar, Professor Russell Gray, Professor Paul Harris FBA, Dr Joe Henrich, Professor Barry Hewlett, Professor Kevin Laland, Dr Derek Lyons, Professor Ruth Mace FBA, Professor William McGrew, Professor Paul Mellars FBA, Dr Marta Mirazon Lahr, Professor Mark Pagel, Professor Susan Perry, Dr Simon Reader, Dr Luke Rendell, Professor Lord Renfrew FBA, Dr Hélène Roche, Professor Garry Runciman FBA, Professor Stephen Shennan FBA, Professor Tore Slagsvold, Dr Dietrich Stout, Professor Chris Stringer FRS, Dr Alex Thornton, Professor Carel van Schaik and Professor Andrew Whiten FBA.

This meeting is free, but pre­registration (online) is essential. Further information, the programme and the registration form can be found on the Royal Society’s website.

Please note: This meeting is part of See Further: The Festival of Science + Arts, celebrating 350 years of the Royal Society. This unique ten-day festival filling every corner of London’s Southbank Centre, features the Royal Society’s annual Summer Science Exhibition and a host of cross-disciplinary collaborations, including music, dance, comedy, discussion, film, literature and art. See http://www.furtherfestival.org for more details

The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH Tel: 020 7969 5200, Fax: 020 7969 5300, Web: http://www.britac.ac.uk

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