Human Sociality Workshop: Comparative Studies of Social Evolution and Historical Dynamics

Humans are highly social animals, often referred to as a "cooperative species."Our ability to cooperate even with unknown individuals on a huge scale, is considered a part of human uniqueness. And this ability can be the basis of large complex societies, eventually leading to state formation.

However, cooperation and complex societies are ubiquitous in animal societies. Thus, explaining the uniqueness of human sociality in the animal kingdom requires cooperative and interdisciplinary research.

This workshop will bring together a range of experts - from evolutionary ecology to archaeology - in an interdisciplinary discussion on human and animal sociality. It will be an opportunity for all participants to explore and better understand the peculiarities of the sociality of humans as animals.

For the full list of invited speakers and the schedule for both days, please visit:

Date and time :
August 17 (Wed), 1 - 6 p.m.
August 18 (Thu), 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

To Participate:

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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