Headshot Heidi Colleran

Demography, culture and the cultural evolution of reproduction

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 9th December 2021
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Evolutionary Archaeology Seminar Series
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Speaker: Dr Heidi Colleran
Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Abstract: Demography is an important focal point for research in cultural evolution. But the micro-level mechanisms that generate macro-level population structures remain surprisingly understudied. Research on reproductive decisions at the individual level in turn tends to downplay the role of culture in shaping these decisions. In this talk I will highlight some work that tries to bridge these divides. I will show how a multilevel, co-evolutionary approach to these questions can shed new light on the dynamics of fertility in the past, as well as the present.

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