This workshop aims to open new perspectives in the study of the past and in the interpretation of the ancient and modern mind by approaching research questions at the intersection between the brain sciences, humanities, archaeology, anthropology and visual studies: what kind of relationship is there between the brain and symbolic actions? What is the cognitive meaning of visual patterns and narrative in prehistoric societies, and how can this affect cultural transmission across different generations? How can we study cognitive universals in archaeology and the neurosciences? Can a new multidisciplinary approach involving the brain sciences and cognitive archaeology create a new discipline? We will embrace cross-disciplinary contributions concerning embodiment and enaction in visual models, the role of symbolism and material culture in early complex societies, and the interpretation of visual patterns and memes in cultural transmission through an exploration of perception and behavior, simulation, and the application of new technological tools.
Registration for this event is now closed. If you did not register, you are welcome to attend, but please wait until all registered guests are seated. Lunch will only be provided to pre-registered attendees.
Meeting registration will begin at 8:30 am
9:00 am Welcome and Introductory Comments: Michael Platt, Ph.D., Professor, Neurobiology, Evolutionary Anthropology and Psychology & Neuroscience; Director, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, "The Mind in the Cave: Inferences from Primate Neuroscience"
9:25 am: Maurizio Forte, Ph.D., William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University, "3D Archaeology, Visual Simulation and the Ancient Mind"
10:00 am: Dietrich Stout, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Emory University, "Experimental Neuroarchaeology"
10:30 - 10:45am: Coffee Break
10:45 am: Ian Hodder, Ph.D., Professor, Anthropology, Stanford University, "Can We See Neolithic Cognitive Change at Çatalhöyük?"
11:20 am: Panel discussion with Platt, Forte, Stout and Hodder
11:50 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch (provided for registered meeting attendees)
1:00 pm: Lynn Meskell, Ph.D., Professor, Anthropology, Stanford University, "The Symbolism of Çatalhöyük in its Regional Context"
1:35 pm: Anjan Chatterjee, M.D., Professor, Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, "Symbolic and Analog Representations in the Brain"
2:10 pm: Bill Seaman, Ph.D., Professor, Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University "A Multi-Perspective Approach to Cyber-Archeology"
2:45 - 3:00 pm: Coffee Break
3:00 pm: Carla Antonaccio, Ph.D., Professor, Classical Studies, Duke University "Diachrony and Distributed Mind: Ancestors, Time, and Things"
3:35 pm: Alex Martin, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, National Institutes of Health, "Food for Thought: Clues to the Mind’s Past from the Brain’s Natural Categories"
4:10 pm: Panel discussion with Meskell, Chatterjee, Seaman, Antonaccio and Martin
4:40 pm: Concluding Remarks
4:45 -5:45 pm: Reception and Visual Demos (Bay 10, Smith Warehouse, 2nd Floor)
This workshop was co-organized by Maurizio Forte, Michael Platt and Elizabeth Johnson
Thursday, April 10, 2014
08:30AM - 06:00PM
FHI Garage, Smith Warehouse Bay 4
This event is on campus.
DIBS, Art, Art History & Visual Studies & Classical Studies
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