Theme 2019

Culture Conference 2019: “Communication in Culture”

Communication is an important topic that has seen a great deal of interest in recent years – not limited to the cultural evolution field. Intricacies of communication may go some way to explaining complex human-unique behaviours that contribute to cultural evolution beyond that of what we see in non-humans, however, there are many questions surrounding this that have not been explored experimentally.

This year’s Culture Conference aims to bring together speakers from diverse fields, including developmental and comparative psychology, theoretical modelling, and linguistics, to discuss the importance of the concept of communication in cultural evolutionary research within their own discipline. We hope that through integration of these different threads of research, it may be possible to identify common themes, and also ambiguities and inconsistencies, which have not yet been explicitly addressed in the cultural evolution literature.

The conference was held at the Tolbooth in central Stirling, from 1st-2nd July 2019.

The conference received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 648841 RATCHETCOG ERC-2014-CoG.

The conference received funding from the Cultural Evolution Society Workshops Fund: