The Human Story: The function of narratives in evolutionary studies

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Peter C. Kjærgaard - Invited speaker

The human story has traditionally been viewed as a series of revolutionary leaps: down from the trees, up on two legs, using technology, and starting civilization. There have been different views of the how, when and where, and of the sequence of events. These leaps have all, however, been seen as crucial steps on the path that made us human. This has produced a series of different, yet simple narratives with a conventional focus on human origins. But human evolution is not a simple matter and the story of what made us human is so much more than tracing the first of everything. In recent years we have added layers of complexity to our understanding of these issues, which, at the very core of our research, calls for an integration of biological, social and cultural perspectives. Yet, simple narratives still dominate public and academic discourse. Based on a series of historical and contemporary examples I will discuss the function of narrative in evolutionary studies.
1 Mar 2012

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TitleSemiotics Research Seminars
Date01/03/2012 → …
LocationAarhus University
CityAarhus
CountryDenmark

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