BH03
Human origins in sociocultural and biological perspectives (IUAES Commission on Theoretical Anthropology)

Convenors:
Aleksandar Boskovic (University of Belgrade)
Location:
University Place 4.206
Start time:
6 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

This panel will bring together scholars from very different fields, in order to discuss a possibility of anthropology understood holistically, where different sub-disciplines complement each other and increase our general knowledge of the multifaceted world that we inhabit.

Long abstract:

The main aim of this panel is to bring together both "social" and "biological" anthropologists, and to discuss a possibility of an anthropology understood holistically, where different scholarly disciplines complement each other and increase our understanding of the multifaceted world that we inhabit. The issues of relationship between race and culture (like the new IUAES Statement on race, but see also Kaszycka, Ċ trkalj and Strzalko 2009), evolution of different forms of behaviour, language and cognitive processes, as well as the influence of other scholarly disciplines (such as, but not limited to, psychoanalysis) cannot be properly understood without an attempt to further our communication. On the other hand, ignoring recent advances in "biological" (as well as different forms of medical, physical, etc.) anthropology does not help "social" or "cultural" anthropologists in their attempt to engage critically with contemporary world. We believe that the best way to do this is to open a dialogue between anthropologists working in different fields, a dialogue that should lead to increased understanding and exploration of fascinating wealth of our research.