[SydPhil] Public lecture, Macquarie Uni, Wed 3 Dec, 6pm: Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford), 'Ritual, Community, & Conflict'

John Sutton john.sutton at mq.edu.au
Sun Nov 30 16:24:16 AEDT 2014

Please circulate to colleagues in anthropology, archaeology, history,
religion, literature.
This Wednesday (3 Dec) at Macquarie University Prof Harvey Whitehouse will
speak at 6pm after a drinks reception at 5.30pm, on 'Ritual, Community, and
Conflict', in the Australian Hearing Hub Lecture Theatre, 16 University
Avenue. This is part of the annual Memory Day event: information, program,
venue information, and registration at
http://www.cogsci.mq.edu.au/news/conferences/2014/memory . All welcome.
"Ritual, Community, and Conflict" 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Wed 3 December:
Professor Harvey Whitehouse, University of Oxford.

Professor Whitehouse will discuss evidence from field research and
controlled psychological experiments being conducted all around the world
in an effort to understand the impact of ritual participation on in-group
cohesion and inter-group conflict. The role of ritual in contemporary
conflict zones is being developed alongside the analysis of large datasets
exploring the relationship between ritual, warfare, and group structure and
scale over the millennia. These interdisciplinary projects are being
undertaken by teams of anthropologists, psychologists, historians,
archaeologists, and evolutionary theorists coordinated by the Ritual,
Community, and Conflict Project at the University of Oxford.

*Memory Day 2014Memory, History, Ritual: Personal and Social
PerspectivesDepartment of Cognitive Science and the ARC Centre of
Excellence in Cognition and its DisordersMacquarie University*

Registration is now open and full program available:

*Please note separate registration for the conference and the public
*Please circulate to your networks*

*Wednesday 3 December and Thursday 4 December 2014*
Memory Day is an annual interdisciplinary showcase of research and
scholarship on memory, hosted by Professor John Sutton and Professor Amanda
Barnier's Collective Cognition Team at Macquarie University.

This year's program focuses on the intersection of individual and social
memories, histories and rituals. It will feature:
*Keynote Addresses by:*
Cognitive psychologist, Professor Norman Brown (University of Alberta,
Canada; https://www.ualberta.ca/~nrbrown/) on the relationship between
autobiographical memory, public events and historical periods (the "Living
in History" effect); Wed morning, 3 December

English scholar, Professor Evelyn Tribble (University of Otago, New
http://www.otago.ac.nz/englishlinguistics/english/staff/tribble.html) on
ecologies of skill and memory in history; Thu morning, 4 December

*A Public Lecture by:* Social anthropologist, Professor Harvey Whitehouse
(University of Oxford, England;
on ritual, community and conflict; Wed evening, 3 December

Professor Whitehouse is Chair of Social Anthropology and Director of the
Institute of Cognition and Culture at the University of Oxford. His
doctoral research at Cambridge was based on two years of ethnographic
research in Papua New Guinea in the late eighties, focused on the role of
ritual in binding groups together. Since then he has been studying the role
of ritual in the evolution of social complexity using a wide range of
research methods including carefully controlled experiments, surveys,
databases, and computational models.

*And presentations by:*
PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, early career researchers and other
staff, members of the Collective Cognition Team as well as collaborators
and colleagues from across and beyond Macquarie and within and across
disciplines.All welcome!

With thanks from the Organising Committee
John Sutton, Amanda Barnier, Chris McCarroll, and Celia Harris

Professor John Sutton
Deputy Head, Department of Cognitive Science
Macquarie University, Sydney,
NSW 2109, Australia
Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 4132
Email: john.sutton at mq.edu.au
URL: http://www.johnsutton.net/
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