Events

Species on the Threshold

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Emanuele Serrelli spoke on the relationship between cultural and biological evolution at the conference: La specie sulla soglia: come l’evoluzione culturale cambia i paesaggi della nostra vita Venerdì, 31 Ottobre 2014 16:30 – 19:30 Mostra d’Oltremare, Arena Flegrea, Napoli (Forum Internazionale delle Culture) L’importanza di prendere atto che l’evoluzione sia divenuta soprattutto culturale è una […]

Scientific collaborations

Ambiente e società. Appendice XXI Secolo

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2014: scientific coordinator, together with Andrea Romano, of the volume Ambiente e società. Appendice XXI Secolo, Torino: UTET Grandi Opere (scientific director Telmo Pievani), out in September 2014. We solicited, supervised, and revised to publication 28 chapters by major Italian and International authors on many topics concerning environmental challenges and sustainability.

Saggi (Italian essays)

Cultural Diversity

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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 […]

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Linguistic Diversity, Language Extinction

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…But the tree of languages bears two more messages. The first, universal kinship, reminds that all languages are siblings, close or far relatives, like the peoples who speak them: subgroups with uncertain boundaries in a single, global species. The second, the value of history: every language – like every biological species – is the unique […]

Saggi (Italian essays)

Biocultural Diversity

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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 […]