Human Timelines

Seminar

Date: Thursday 13 October 2022

Time: 14.00 – 16.00

Location: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences or Zoom

Welcome to a hybrid seminar on human timelines, organized by the DHV-hub. This is an invitation for a collaboration to create a digital infrastructure to understand human history and future.

Reconstruction of a Homo neanderthalensis
Reconstruction of a Homo neanderthalensis. Photo: Juraj Lipták/Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt.

During the first part of this seminar Magnus Enquist, Professor and Director of the Centre for Cultural Evolution at Stockholm University, will present the newly funded project “Cultural Evolution in Digital Societies”. This project adopts the novel approach of applying evolutionary analyses to the study of the consequences of Digital Information Technologies (DITs) for individuals and society.

The project aims to answer the question: How do digital information technologies transform cultural evolution, and what are the likely effects on individuals and society? It is an interdisciplinary research effort bringing together epistemology, evolutionary thinking, psychology, social science and mathematics.

The second part of the seminar will be about the Human Timelines Infrastructure, presented by Peter Søgaard Jørgensen from the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Human Timelines is planned to be an infrastructure to promote explorations of coevolution between human culture and the environment from human prehistory and into the future. It will bring together data from a large body of work, and provide researchers and the public with a friendly, interdisciplinary and informative digital environment.

The project will provide an open digital platform for understanding these dynamics, through visualisation and analysis of data from recent events (modern time), historical events, and events extending into deeper human history (archaeological time). In order to do this, we are seeking collaboration with cutting edge computer scientists to build this digital infrastructure.

Please register your attendance with Petter Karlström (petter@dsv.su.se). Indicate if you are attending physically or via zoom (a link will be provided via e-mail). Physically, we will be in room M20, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, 3rd floor, Nod building, Campus Kista, and fika will be served!

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About the speakers

Magnus Enquist is Professor of ethology and director of the Centre for Cultural Evolution at Stockholm University. His main research is cultural evolution and the human evolutionary transition. He currently leads several research projects in these areas. He has recently written a book about the human evolutionary transition that will be published by the Princeton University Press in the beginning of 2023.

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Peter Søgaard Jørgensen is an ecologist and evolutionary scientist working in the sustainability sciences on topics related to the Anthropocene, the current period where humans are the dominant force driving planetary-scale change. He currently leads an ERC project on cascading consequences emerging infectious disease and agricultural pests. He is also working on a book that aims to synthesize insights about the evolution and sustainability of human societies to inform the future.

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