Cultural History of PaleoAsia

Scientific Research on Innovative Areas,
a MEXT Grant-in-Aid Project

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The 3rd Conference of The PaleoAsia Project

05.13 Sat - 05.14 Sun. Venue: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka

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Workshop of the Research Team A01

Schedule: 2017.03.04 13:00~
Venue: Shizuoka University, Japan

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Group Meeting of the Research Team B02

Schedule: 2017.03.02-03.03
Venue: Kochi University of Technology, Japan

PaleoAsia Project B02 group meeting program
09:30 – 09:40 Joe Yuichiro Wakano
      Opening Remark
09:40 – 10:20 Joe Yuichiro Wakano
      Ecocultural range-expansion scenarios for the replacement or assimilation of Neanderthals by modern humans
10:20 – 11:00 Kenichi Aoki
      On the absence of correlation between population size and toolkit size in hunter-gatherers
11:00 – 11:40 Yutaka Kobayashi
      Cumulative culture and the rate of vertical transmission
11:40 – 12:20 Naoyuki Takahata
      Methods for inferring population sizes from genome sequences

13:20 – 14:20 Alex Mesoudi
      Migration, acculturation, and the cultural evolution of cross-cultural variation in cognition and behaviour
14:20 – 15:20 Kohei Tamura
      Cultural Evolution and Geometric Morphometrics in Archaeology

15:40 - 16:20 Yasuo Ihara
      A cultural evolutionary analysis on the diffusion of the hinoeuma superstition
16:20 – 17:00 Naoko Fujito
      Approaches for detecting natural selection and their application

17:30 Dinner party

09:30 – 10:40 研究討論
特に集団遺伝学における infinite sites model などの数理的知見の、文化進化モデルへの応用について

11:00 – 12:00 プロジェクト打ち合わせ
・Maxime Derex, Mark Collardら、国際会議前後に滞在する研究者との交流

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The 3rd Meeting of the Steering Committee

Schedule: 2016.11.06 12:00~
Venue: Koshiba Hall - School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan

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The 2nd Conference of The PaleoAsia Project

02.10 Fri. Venue: Nagoya University Museum
13:00~14:30   Open Lecture: Donald O. Henry “Rethinking Neanderthals”

02.11 Sat. Venue: Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University
10:30~17:45   International Workshop
       Theme: Biological and cultural transitions in the Middle and
       Upper Palaeolithic in West Asia: Perspectives from PaleoAsia
   ① Introduction      Yoshihiro Nishiaki
   ② Invited Lecture  Donald O. Henry
              “Neanderthals in the Levant: intra-site, inter-site and regional analyses”
             Pavel E. Tarasov
              “Late Quaternary vegetation and climate variability derived from
                                       sedimentary archives stored in Eurasian lakes: case studies,
                                       achievements and challenges”
             Miriam Belmaker
              “Reevaluation of mammal community structure throughout the Last
                                       Glacial: implication for Neanderthal and anatomically modern
                                       human population dynamics in the Southern Levant”
   ③ Presentations of research by PareoAsia Project members

2/12 Sun. Venue: Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University
10:00~16:45 Presentations of the project results in FY2016

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B02: MIMS Mathematical Biology Seminar

Schedule: 2017.02.28 15:00–16:00
Venue: Meiji University, Nakano campus, 6F 603

"Pursuing Darwin's curious parallel: prospects for an evolutionary science of human culture"

Alex Mesoudi
Cultural Evolution, Human Biological and Cultural Evolution Group Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus)

In the last few decades, scholars from several disciplines have pursued the curious parallel noted by Darwin between the genetic evolution of species and the cultural evolution of beliefs, skills, knowledge, languages, institutions and other forms of socially transmitted information. In this talk I review current progress in the pursuit of an evolutionary science of culture that is both grounded in biological and evolutionary theory, but also treats culture as more than a proximate mechanism that is ultimately controlled by genes. Both genetic and cultural evolution can be described as systems of inherited variation that changes over time in response to processes such as selection, migration and drift. Appropriate differences between genetic and cultural change are taken seriously, such as the possibility in the latter of non-random guided variation or transformation, blending inheritance, and one-to-many transmission. The foundation of cultural evolution was laid in the latter part of the 20th century with population-genetic-style models of cultural microevolution, and the use of phylogenetic methods to reconstruct cultural macroevolution. Since then there have been major efforts to understand the socio-cognitive mechanisms underlying cumulative cultural evolution, the consequences of demography on cultural evolution, the empirical validity of assumed social learning biases, the relative role of transformative and selective processes, and the use of quantitative phylogenetic and multi-level selection models to understand past and present dynamics of society-level change. I conclude by highlighting the interdisciplinary challenges of studying cultural evolution, including its relation to the traditional social sciences and humanities.

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Workshop of the Research Team A01

Schedule: 2016.11.05 10:00~12:00
Venue: The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, Japan

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The 1st Conference of The PaleoAsia Project

Schedule: 2016.11.05-11.06
Venue: Koshiba Hall - School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan

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Joint Workshop of the Research Teams B01 and B02

Schedule: 2016.10.31-11.01
Venue: National Museum of Ethnology, Japan

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The 2nd Meeting of the Steering Committee

Schedule: 2016.09.14 16:00~
Venue: Nagoya University Museum, Japan