The challenge of tree-thinking and network-thinking

This talk gives a reflexive outlook on the employment of tree and network thinking to conceptualize and model vertical descent and horizontal transmission of cultural traits. In biology, evolutionary trees are more than tools for researchers across disciplines: they are the main framework within which evidence for evolution is evaluated (Baum et al. 2005). However, […]

Tree and network models in San Francisco

Emanuele Serrelli co-organizes with Nathalie Gontier the session “Tree and network models of micro- and macroevolution” at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (November 14-18, 2012). Developing from phylogenetic methodologies in evolutionary biology, the session examines how cultural trees and networks are composed differently (which data are used to compose trees and […]

Elena Canadelli – The unexpected migration of Transparent Man

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences The unexpected migration of Transparent Man from Germany to the U.S. in 1930s and 40s Dr. Elena Canadelli Historian of Science, University of Milano Bicocca Thursday, November 8, 2013, 2:30pm Room U6/372 (3rd floor), Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano Abstract: The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, founded […]

Nathalie Gontier – Cultural evolution models and the extended synthesis

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences Cultural evolution models and the extended synthesis. Symbiogenesis and punctuated equilibria theory in the study of cultural transmission Nathalie Gontier Dutch Free University of Brussels (Belgium) Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:00pm Room U6/367, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano Abstract: Reticulate evolution, symbiogenesis and punctuated […]

Mauro Van Aken – Travelling models of water. Battlefields of knowledge and ideas of change in the Middle East

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences Travelling models of water. Battlefields of knowledge and ideas of change in the Middle East Mauro Van Aken Cultural Anthropologist, University of Milano Bicocca April 12, 2012, 12:00pm U6, 4th floor, room 4160 (polivalente), Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano Abstract: Development and modernization policies, […]

Stefano Zenni – Storia del jazz: una prospettiva globale

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences Storia del jazz: una prospettiva globale. Conferenza con ascolti musicali Stefano Zenni Conservatorio di Bologna e New York University Lunedì 12 marzo 2012, ore 14:30 Auditorium (U12), via Vizzola 5, Milano Abstract: Il jazz è una musica nata ed evolutasi per effetto dalle […]

Cultural Diversity

The reflection on human cultures delivers more and more a critical and complex vision that makes it difficult to imagine ourselves counting, describe or analytically decompose cultures. Bypassing questions like “what is a culture”, “which and how many cultures are there”, and “how important is each culture”, anthropology and ethnography give scientific form to the […]

Biocultural Diversity

Biodiversity shapes cultural diversity. Culture shapes the environment. But according to the biocultural paradigm of the “inextricable link”, such bidirectional co-determination in fact prevents the analytical distinction of the two. We must, indeed, talk about a unified type of diversity: biocultural diversity. The field aims to conserve, defend rights of indigenous people, and obtain political […]

Seminar: Youth in a Foreigh Country II

I partecipanti al corso cercano di immaginare che cosa c’è nella metaforica valigia di un ragazzo che esce dalla comunità… Novità rispetto all’anno scorso: si prende spunto dalle fotografie degli “strumenti di lavoro” che si utilizzano in comunità. Look for it in the Talks page (with additional links): 2007, Mar 17 (h.) – CAM Centro […]