Evolutionary Perspectives in the Social Sciences and Humanities

David Campbell (bivalve@isis.unc.edu)
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 12:56:08 -0500

Some members of this list may be interested in the following meeting (I
study evolution of clams, which aren't very social).

>Originator: paleonet@ucmp1.berkeley.edu
>University of British Columbia
>Graduate Student Conference on Evolutionary Perspectives in the Social
>Sciences and Humanities
>October 3-5, 1997
>University of British Columbia,
>Vancouver, B.C., Canada
>February 28: deadline for abstracts
>May 30: (or before) notification of acceptance
>The purpose of this conference is to bring together graduate students from
>a variety of disciplines working on issues related to evolution. Graduate
>students and interested faculty will find out the sorts of evolutionary
>issues people in other disciplines are working on, and how they view
>evolutionary issues and deal with puzzles raised by the use of
>evolutionary models in non-biological contexts.
>We envision a conference which will be of interest to a wide range of
>disciplines, with papers which are accessible to an interdisciplinary
>audience. This conference may be of interest to people working in the
>theoretical sciences, applied science, economics, commerce, anthropology,
>psychology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, science studies,
>religious studies, sociology, applied mathematics, computing science,
>linguistics, English literature and others.
>Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Hull (Northwestern), author of _Science
> as a Process_
>Invited Speaker: Dr. Peter Danielson (UBC), editor of _Modelling
> Rationality, Morality and Evolution_
>Possible topics (but not limited to these):
>-historical attitudes in the humanities about Darwinian evolution
>-evolutionary models of culture/cultural speciation
>-new perspectives in sociobiology
>-evolutionary psychology
>-evolutionary models in science studies
>-articles questioning the usefulness/viability of evolutionary models in
>the social sciences and the humanities
>-historical case studies of ways that evolutionary thinking has entered
>into one or more humanistic and social scientific disciplines
>-how changes in evolutionary theory have been reflected in social theory,
>social policy, models of cultural change, etc.
>-new historical viewpoints about social darwinism
>-evolutionary linguistics
>-"invisible hand" explanations in economics
>We are open to any topic accessible to an interdisciplinary audience and
>which relates theories of evolution in some way to the social sciences or
>humanities. If you're not sure whether your idea would be applicable,
>send us a short note and we can tell you whether it would be worth writing
>up the abstract and article summary.
>Format of submissions: Please submit (preferably by email) an abstract of
>200-250 words, and a 3 page summary (roughly 750 words) of your proposed
>paper. Include your name, your institutional and departmental
>affiliation, email address (or snail mail address if you don't have
>email), and tentative paper title. Plan a presentation or paper reading
>of 20-30 minutes. Proposals for panel discussions are also welcome.
>Out-of-town graduate students are encouraged to secure their own funding,
>but some travel funding may become available. We will attempt to billet
>as many people as possible on a first-come-first-served basis.
>For anyone interested in acting as a referee, please contact us with a
>short note about your research area.
>This Conference is being sponsored by the UBC Faculty of Graduate
>Studies, UBC
>Philosophy and Zoology Departments, and Green College.
>Submit abstracts and article summaries either to dawnvo@unixg.ubc.ca or
>Conference Web-Page:
>Dawn Ogden Chris MacDonald
>Conference Co-Chairs
>Phone: 604-822-3292
>Fax: 604-822-4978
>UBC Philosophy Department
>1866 Main Mall, Buch E-370
>Vancouver, B.C.
>V6T 1Z1 Canada