Together with Peter Gärdenfors, Gerhard Jäger, Luke McCrohon, Jérôme Michaud, and Thom Scott-Phillips, Nathalie Gontier is invited to participate in a satellite event for EVOLANG 2018 on Evolutionary Theory in the Humanities, organized by Roland Mühlenbernd as well as Przemysław Żywiczyński and Sławomir Wacewicz that are members of AppEEL's partner institution CLES, Center for Language Evolution Studies. The event is additionally sponsored by the HBES, Human Behavior and Evolution Society. Thanks to the organizers for inviting!

Torun, April 15th, 2018

Evolutionary Theory in the Humanities

About the Workshop

We are pleased to announce the Workshop on Evolutionary Theory in the Humanities, held as a satellite event at the 12th International Conference on the Evolution of Language in Toruń, Poland. This event is organized by Roland Mühlenbernd, Przemysław Żywiczyński, Sławomir Wacewicz; and funded by the HBES, Human Behavior and Evolution Society. The workshop aims at bringing together researchers who all study human evolution, but come from diverse filed in humanities, such as cognitive science, epistemology, anthropology, linguistics, information science, sociology, cultural studies, etc. We are happy to be able to present the following speakers:

  • Peter Gärdenfors, Professor of Cognitive Science, Department of Philosophy, Lund University, Sweden
  • Nathalie Gontier, Researcher at the Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, Centre for Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Gerhard Jäger, Professor of General Linguistics, Institute of Linguistics, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Luke McCrohon, Researcher at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Jérôme Michaud, Researcher at the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Thom Scott-Phillips, Senior Research Scientist in the Social Mind Center, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


15.00 Jérôme Michaud

A Taxonomy of Cultural Evolution Mechanisms

15.40 Nathalie Gontier

The Importance of the Extended Synthesis for the Humanities

16.20 Gerhard Jäger

The World Tree of Languages: How to Infer it from Data, and what it is Good for

17.00 Luke McCrohon

How Selfish Cultural Evolution Can Account for Costly Linguistic Features

17.40 Peter Gärdenfors

Pantomime as a Bridge between Teaching and Protolanguage

18.20 Thom Scott-Phillips

Not Everything is a Nail

19.00 Discussion


Roland Mühlenbernd, Przemysław Żywiczyński, Sławomir Wacewicz

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