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ILCAA Joint Research Project

The Origin of Human Sociality: Towards New Perspective on Hominization

The origin of human sociality: Towards new perspective on hominization

Keywords

  • sociality
  • human evolution
  • hominization
  • anthropology
  • primatology

Areas

  • Southeast Asia
  • Africa
  • Oceania
  • Arctic Circle
  • Japan

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2018–March, 2021

Homo sapiens is the only species with highly evolved cognitive ability and sociality. In recent years, researchers have made rapid advances in studies of monkeys and apes, which have a close genetic relation to humans. In particular, laboratory research into cognitive abilities from the perspectives of evolutionary psychology and comparative cognitive science has achieved significant results. In this joint research project, we approach the origin of human sociality from an empirical perspective based on field data from such disciplines as anthropology (mainly social/cultural anthropology and ecological anthropology) and primatology (mainly wild primate ecology and wild primate sociology). We aim to achieve a comprehensive understanding of hominization — the epoch-making event in the history of human evolution — in addition to the latest knowledge about cognitive ability.

Kaori KAWAI, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Kaori KAWAI (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Ikuya TOKORO
  • Ryoko NISHII

Joint Researchers

  • Kaoru ADACHI
  • Shinichi FUJII
  • Takeo FUNABIKI
  • Shunkichi HANAMURA
  • Noriko ITO
  • Naoki KASUGA
  • Koji KITAMURA
  • Naofumi NAKAGAWA
  • Michio NAKAMURA
  • Hitonaru NISHIE
  • Keiichi OMURA
  • Toru SOGA
  • David S. SPRAGUE
  • Yuko SUGIYAMA
  • Yuji TAKENOSHITA
  • Masakazu TANAKA
  • Hideaki TERASHIMA
  • Takumi TSUTAYA
  • Motomitsu UCHIBORI
  • Gen YAMAKOSHI

Outputs

Meetings

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 23 Jun 2018 13:00–19:30,Sun 24 Jun 2018 13:00–19:30
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • 23 Jun
  • Kaori KAWAI (ILCAA)
    Introduction of the project
    All members
    Self-introductions
    Trends of three study fields on human sociality
    Kaoru ADACHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto Sangyo University)
    Primatology
    Koji KITAMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Okayama University)
    Ecological Anthropology
    Motomitsu UCHIBORI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hitotsubashi University / The Open University of Japan)
    Social/Cultural Anthropology
  • 24 Jun, Lectures by guest speakers
  • Yuriko IGARASHI (Nihon University)
    “The human evolution from the view point of fertility”
    Ryo ODA (Nagoya Institute of Technology)
    “Evolutionary cognitive bases of altruism”

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