Tutorial: An Introduction to Modelling and Quantitative Analyses of the Cultural Evolution of Human Social Systems

In this tutorial we will provide an introduction to cultural evolutionary thinking and practical guidance on how it can be used to develop and test hypotheses about human social systems.

In part I, we will introduce the conceptual background to cultural evolutionary approaches, and how we can develop models that represent cultural and social change. In part II, we will discuss how hypotheses about cultural evolution can be tested using data, and the importance of assessing the evidence for different explanations.

In both sections of the workshop we will start with a lecture introducing the topic, and then have a practical session where participants will get a chance to have "hands-on" engagement with these issues. No prior experience, or mathematical / statistical knowledge, is required to take part.

Date and time :
August 19 (Fri), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Venue :
Onsite: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F, Lecture Theater, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University (map: )
Online: Zoom Webinar hosted by Tohoku Forum for Creativity
Language: English

To Participate:

Onsite participants should bring their own PCs.
* Please note that we will not be able to provide technical support to online participants.

This event is part of the Tohoku Forum for Creativity's Junior 研究 Program on the topic of "Human Sociality: Comparative Studies of Social Evolution and Historical Dynamics." It aims to build and grow a community of interdisciplinary scientists by identifying new approaches to the study of social and cultural evolution.

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