Evolution and Social Sciences Seminar

Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00pm

Bond Life Sciences Center, Rm 572


Carsten Strathausen

The Evolution and Social Sciences Seminar presents, Carsten Strathausen, professor of German and English and the Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in Humanities, University of Missouri, "Sociobiology—The Future of the Humanities?", Monday, April 1, 572 Bond Life Sciences Center.

Abstract: This talk traces the history of sociobiology from its beginnings in 1975 to its present state in emerging fields like Literary Darwinism and Cognitive Cultural Studies. Apart from a comprehensive critique of the promise and perils of sociobiology, I want to focus in particular on the methodological and conceptual changes necessary if sociobiology is to have a future in art, aesthetics, and the humanities overall.