Dr Marc Kissel

Peacefare and warfare in human evolution

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 29th April 2021
Type: Webinar / Category: Department / Series: Evolutionary Archaeology Seminar Series
  • Admission: The event is free however booking is essential. To register please contact lucy.timbrell@liverpool.ac.uk
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Speaker: Dr Marc Kissel
Affiliation: Appalachian State University
Did our earliest ancestors engage in forms of organized violence that can be considered warfare? Studying these questions requires anthropological insight, though these perspectives are often ignored by scholars outside of archaeology and anthropology. I will talk about ideas my colleagues and I have proposed that socially cooperative violence became possible with the onset of symbolic thought. Cultural institutions around war and peace are made possible by these changes. We suggest that studying emergent warfare and peacefare can give us fresh insight into the processes that made us human.

To register please contact lucy.timbrell@liverpool.ac.uk