W007
Biological foundations of social anthropology

Convenors:
Aleksandar Boskovic (University of Belgrade)
Eugenia Ramirez-Goicoechea (Universidad Nacional de EducaciĆ³n a Distancia, UNED)
Discussant:
Adam Kuper
Location:
R10 (in V)
Start time:
12 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The aim of this workshop is to bring together both "social" and "biological" anthropologists, and to discuss a possibility of anthropology understood holistically, where different scholarly disciplines complement each other and increase our understanding of the multifaceted world that we inhabit.

Long abstract:

There is considerable disquiet when it comes to communicating with the "unknown." The situation is even more complex when the "unknown" actually turns out to be quite familiar - something that has been with us for over century and a half, but that, for various reasons, many of our colleagues chose to ignore. Although some forms of dialogue between different fields of anthropology exist from the beginnings of our discipline, and at least since Darwin's seminal work (1859), recent decades have brought increased specialization, gradually leading to increasing gap between various forms of "social" and of "biological" anthropology. The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars from very different fields, and to discuss a possibility of anthropology understood holistically, where different disciplines complement each other and increase our knowledge of the multifaceted world that we inhabit. In doing so, we follow up on the call by Kuper and Marks, published in Nature (2011), but also on years of critical engagement of scholars (like Ingold and Eriksen) with the excesses of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. The issues of relationship between race and culture, evolution of forms of behaviour, language and cognitive processes, and the influence of other scholarly disciplines (such as, but not limited to, psychoanalysis) cannot be properly understood without an attempt to further our communication.