Humans are highly social animals, often referred to as "cooperative species". Our abilities to cooperate even with unknown individuals at a huge scale have been claimed as a part of human uniqueness. These abilities can be a basis of large complex societies, eventually leading to state formation. In addition to identifying human uniqueness, it has been one of the major challenges in the fields of humanities and social sciences to grasp the consequences of the uniqueness, i.e., the process and mechanisms concerning the development of large complex societies, social hierarchy, as well as political systems in human history (i.e. social evolution). However, cooperation and complex societies are ubiquitous in animal societies.
Sociality in humans and animals and its consequence have been investigated in different disciplines. Thus, elucidating the uniqueness of human sociality in the animal kingdom requires cooperative and interdisciplinary research by researchers from various disciplines. This workshop aims to promote interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration to tackle these issues.
(August 10, 2022 – August 19, 2022)
Workshop: Human Sociality: Comparative Studies of Social Evolution and Historical Dynamics
(August 17, 2022 – August 18, 2022)
(Associate Professor, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tohoku University)
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hiroshima University)
(Associate Professor, College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter)
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