Lorentz Center - Literature and Evolutionary Theory from 13 Dec 2007 through 15 Dec 2007
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    Literature and Evolutionary Theory
    from 13 Dec 2007 through 15 Dec 2007

 
Preliminary program

Preliminary program

 

 

Thursday, December 13

 

09:30 -11:15 Check-in, welcome and coffee (participants can check into their temporary offices etc.)

 

11.15 -12.30 opening session: Dr. Martje Kruk-de Bruin (Executive Manager of the Lorentz Center)

11:15 -11:30 chair: Frans Saris (Leiden University)

welcome, practical information

11:30 -12:30 speaker: Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University)

general introduction to the theme of the workshop

 

12:30 - 14:00 lunch

 

14:00 -17:30 Session 1

The Literary Animal: Is literature / storytelling / fiction an adaptive product of human evolution? Emergence and function of literature from an evolutionary perspective

 

Chair: Arie Verhagen

 

14:00 -15:00 speaker: Brian Boyd (Auckland, NZ)

15:00 -15:30 tea

15:30 -17:30 discussion

 

18:15 coach departure to NIAS, Wassenaar

19:00 dinner at NIAS

 

20:30: film: Babel, by the Mexican director Innaritu, introduced by Murray Smith

 

22:45: coach departure for trip back to Leiden Central Station, Lorentz Center and

Bastion Hotel Oegstgeest

 

Friday, December 14

09:30 -13:00 Session 2 morning

The laboratory of evolutionary psychology 1: literature

 

Chair: Jaap Goedegebuure

 

09:30 -10:30 speaker: Jonathan Gottschall

10:30 -11:00 coffee

11:00 -13:00 discussion

 

13:00 -14:30 lunch

 

14:30 -18:00 Session 3 afternoon

The laboratory of evolutionary psychology 2: film

 

Chair: Ineke Sluiter

14:30 -15:30 speaker: Murray Smith

15:30-16:00 tea

16:00 -18:00 discussion

 

18:15 coach departure to NIAS, Wassenaar

 

19:00 dinner at NIAS

 

20:30 evening: play Under the Leiden beech tree, dialogues on the value of science

by Frans W. Saris, performed by Merlijn Runia, Aleksei Nazarov,

Anke van der Kooij, Jan Kijne and Frans Saris

 

22:00 coach departure for trip back to Leiden Central Station, Lorentz Center and

Bastion Hotel Oegstgeest

 

 

Saturday, December 15

09:30 -13:00 Session 4 morning

Uses and limitations of the theory of evolution in the study of culture, such as literature

 

Chair: Bas Haring

09:30 -10:30 speaker: David Sloan Wilson

10:30 -11:00 coffee

11:00 -13:00 discussion

 

13:00 -14:30 lunch

 

 

14:30 - 18:00 Session 5: Final discussion afternoon

What difference would an evolutionary approach make to the discussion of particular literary works? What would a new literary theory founded on naturalistic principles look like? What research questions could help us judge the usefulness and relevance of evolutionary theory in the study of culture, such as literature?

 

Chair: Frans Saris

Speakers:several participants will be asked in advance to make short contributions (15 minutes) to this final session, in order to jump-start a general discussion evaluating the usefulness and relevance of relating the study of literature and evolutionary theory, and formulating research proposals.

 

14:30 -15:30 4 respondents: Raymond Corbey, Katja Mellmann,

Herman Philipse, Marita Mathijsen

15:30 -16:00 tea

16:00 -18:00 general discussion

 

18:00 end of workshop.

 

 

 

 



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