Evolution of human cultures: towards an integrated anthropology of modern humans (CLOSED)

Keiichi Omoto
Start time:
18 May, 2014 at 13:30
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Short abstract:

The purpose is to draw attention to our integrated approach to understand the modern humans regarded as the result of evolution. Participants are from both biological (Omoto, Aoki, Kanazawa, Saitou) and cultural anthropology (Kawada, Nomura), trying to combine phenomena of genes, body, and culture.

Long abstract:

IUAES with its congress (ICAES) founded in 1934 has a long history and is rather unique among world organizations of researchers on human being, in that it clearly intends a multidisciplinary approach. In the time that specialization of disciplines is increasingly dominant, we consider it important to keep the principle of IUAES that anthropological and ethnological, probably also archeological and linguistic studies are designed to join. The purpose of this panel is to attract attention to our integrated approaches to understand modern humans. Participants are from variety of disciplines in biological and cultural anthropologies. To start with, one of the conveners Keiichi OMOTO (biological, particularly genetic anthropologist) gives an opening and introductory remark, followed by the presentation "Human body makes cultures" of another convener Junzo KAWADA (cultural anthropologist). Next, Masaichi NOMURA (cultural anthropologist) introduces his study on "Anthropology of 'Personhood' ". Then, presentations by three biological anthropologists follow, namely, Kenichi AOKI, who specializes in the theoretical, mathematical studies of the evolution of culture, reports "Modeling the evolution of prehistoric culture"; Eisaku KANAZAWA, a dental anthropologist, presents "Biological and cultural aspects of the early modern Japanese" ; Naruya SAITOU (genetic and genomic anthropologist) shows his idea on "Major genetic sources of Japanese and its implication with their mythical history".