CONFERENCE: Prehistoric Minds: Darwinism, Culture and Human Origins during the 19th Century

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Prehistoric Minds: Darwinism, Culture and Human Origins during the 19th Century
Kohn Centre, The Royal Society of London
11 December 2009

PROGRAMME

9.00am Registration and coffee
9.15am Welcome and introduction – Prof. Chris Stringer FRS, Natural History Museum, London

9.30am Session I. ORIGINS AND SOCIETY
Primitive Minds: Hugh Blair and Early 19th Century Natural Histories of Language
Dr Matthew D Eddy, Durham University
The Victorian Human-Origins Debate and ‘Darwin’s Sacred Cause’
Dr Gregory Radick, Leeds University

11.00am Tea/coffee

11.30am Session II. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS
“Primitivity” and the Origin of Art
Prof. Claudine Cohen, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Histories of the ‘Missing’ Link
Dr Peter C. Kjaergaard, Aarhus University

1.00pm Lunch

2.00pm Session III. REINTERPRETING ARTEFACTS
Changing Interpretations of Tools and Visual Representations of Human Phylogeny
Prof. Robert N. Proctor, Stanford University
The Time Revolution of 1859: Mapping the Landscape for the Primeval Mind
Prof. Clive Gamble, Royal Holloway, University of London

3.30pm Tea/coffee

4.00pm Session IV. HISTORY AND PREHISTORY
Eoliths and the Mind of Primitive Man
PD Dr. Marianne Sommer, Science Studies, ETH Zurich
Cave Men: Stone tools, Victorian Antiquarians and the Primitive Mind of Deep Time
Dr Mark White, Durham University
Dr Paul Pettitt, Sheffield University

5.30pm Close

For information on registration, please see the conference website:
http://www2.royalsociety.org/event.asp?id=8663

Conference Organiser: Dr Matthew D Eddy, Department of Philosophy, Durham University, 50/51 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HN, United Kingdom. http://www.dur.ac.uk/m.d.eddy/.

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