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18:00 - 20:30 10 February 2010

UCL Institute of Archaeology Annual Guest Lecture: Why cultures change


Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1 | Cruciform Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, William P. Reynolds Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Indiana USA

Archaeology and History are among many (often apparently divergent) academic fields dedicated to the scrutiny, description and characterization of how cultures change; typically, practitioners show a lot of interest in why particular changes happen, but the problem of why they happen at all is rarely addressed except in the context of debate over whether the laws of evolution, or some similar laws, govern culture.

Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto raids not just history and archaeology but a wide array of relevant disciplines, including ethology, primatology, biology and cognitive science, in an attempt to open previously unexplored and under-explored lines of enquiry and debate. Professor Fernandez-Armesto hopes to make new contributions to understanding change and the acceleration of change in cultural organisms generally and, especially, in human ones.


Louisa Charles
020 7679 9743 | l.charles@ucl.ac.uk


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