Program

Each day will have four slots of 75 minutes (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon), except on the Thursday which will have three, with a visit to the nearby botanical gardens during the second half of the afternoon. The Wednesday will run slightly longer since there will be a brief introductory session.

Proposed timetable

Wednesday

9.10 - 9.25    Registration
9.25 - 9.45    Evans, Levinson, Sterelny: Opening Remarks
9.45 - 11.00   Joan Silk: The phylogenetic roots of kin bonds
11.00 - 11.25    Break
11.25 - 12.40    Rob Wilson: Incest, incest avoidance, and attachment: Revisiting the Westermarck Effect
12.40 - 2.00  Lunch
2.00 - 3.15  Robert Layton: Lines of evidence for something that leaves no trace?
3.15 - 3.45   Break
3.45 - 5.00 Kim Sterelny: Kinship and the origins of multi-level society
6.30 Dinner (all welcome, pay your own way, venue to be confirmed, BYO)

Thursday

9.15 - 10.30    Alice Gaby: Tutorial on Kuuk Thaayorre kinship
10.30 - 11.00   Break
11.00 - 12.15   Ian Keen/Ron Planer: Referring to kin - the evolutionary pre-requisites of kinship terminologies
12.15 - 13.15    Lunch
13.15 - 14.20    Patrick McConvell: THe open end of kinship dynamics
14.30 Visit National Botanical Gardens (optional)                                                  
18.30 Workshop dinner

 Friday

9.15 - 10.30                    Stephen Levinson (with Marisa Casillas): Ruminations on the functions and cognitive prerequisites of kinship                                     
10.30-11.00  Break
11.00 - 12.15      Fiona Jordan: The cultural evolution of kinship diversity
12.15 - 14.00    Lunch
14.00 - 15.15    Nicholas Evans, Wolfgang, Simon Greenhill & Kyla Quinn: Evolution and coevolution in kinship systems - testing dependencies against global data
15.15 - 15.45     Break
15.45 - 17.00    Francesca Merlan: The devolution of kinship
17.00 - 17.15     Brief closing remarks                                 
17.15   Drinks and informal discussion in Fellows Bar

Venue: Room TR8, Level 1College of Business & Economics Building, 26C Kingsley Street, Acton 

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  • The University of Queensland
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