A Phylogenetic Approach to Cultural Transmission

He walked along Red Riding Hood for a while '. Illustration for the fairy tale 'Little Red Riding Hood ', also known as 'Little Red Cap ', Illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith. (Photo by The British Library/Robana via Getty Images)
He walked along Red Riding Hood for a while ‘. Illustration for the fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood ‘, also known as ‘Little Red Cap ‘, Illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith. (Photo by The British Library/Robana via Getty Images)

Dans le cadre du séminaire « Esthétique et transmission culturelle : une approche interdisciplinaire »

Jamie Tehrani (Durham University)
Descent with Imagination: A Phylogenetic Approach to Cultural Transmission

Mardi 10 Janvier 2017, 15.00 h

École des hautes études en sciences sociales,  salle M. & D. Lombard, 96 bd Raspail 75006 Paris.

Modern western folk understandings of what constitutes “art” often give primal importance to notions of creativity, individuality and originality. However, many artistic traditions are based on skills and conventions that have been built up and faithfully transmitted over many generations. In this talk, I will discuss how the deep history of art can be investigated using biological methods of phylogenetic analysis, and show how these techniques can be used to reconstruct the origins and evolution of craft styles and folktales.


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