Events

Rituals, Beliefs, and Religious Minds

FUTURE DIRECTIONS ON THE EVOLUTION OF RITUALS, BELIEFS AND RELIGIOUS MINDS May 9-14, 2018 Erice, Sicily, ITALY WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS Ara Norenzayan (University of British Columbia) Joe Henrich (Harvard University) Edward Slingerland (University of British Columbia) Stefano Parmigiani (University of Parma) Purpose of the workshop As a deep and enduring aspect of human societies and individual […]

How to Do Things With Millions of Words

How to Do Things With Millions of Words

TWO PUBLIC LECTURES ON DIGITAL HUMANITIES co-presented by Green College (UBC), The Early Modern Conversions Project (McGill University) and the Cultural Evolution of Religion Consortium (UBC) THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES: SOME CONTEXTS, CONCEPTS AND INITIATIVES Ray Siemens, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria Coach House, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road […]

Religion in the Text and on the Ground: May 2015 CERC Plenary

Religion in the Text and on the Ground: May 2015 CERC Plenary

The 2015 CERC Plenary: Religion in the Text and on the Ground gathered together an international collection of historians, philosophers, literary scholars, anthropologists, archaeologists, ethnographers, cognitive scientists, and psychologists to engage in targeted and substantive discussions concerning the convergence of historiographic and ethnographic approaches to the study of religion.  As the midterm plenary of the […]

The Role of Religion in Contemporary Society – Ara Norenzayan at Spur

April 11 3:00 pm Famed atheist and essayist Christopher Hitchens wrote, “Religion is part of the human make-up. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health […]

Prosociality Conference Keynote Address Videos Available

Prosociality Conference Keynote Address Videos Available

In October of 2014, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies hosted an International Research Roundtable entitled “Prosociality in History and Historiography: Can Big Gods tip the Balance in World History?”. We now have the three-part keynote address available on our youtube channel, including segments by HECC directors Joseph Henrich and Edward Slingerland, and a […]

Prosociality in History and Historiography: PWIAS workshop

Prosociality in History and Historiography: PWIAS workshop

Prosociality in History and Historiography: Can Big Gods tip the Balance in World History? An International Research Roundtable awarded to Dr. Edward Slingerland and Dr. Brenton Sullivan, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC Recent scholarship in the cognitive science of religion, social psychology and anthropology has advanced the hypothesis that the development of […]

Conversion and Religious Transformation Lecture Series

CONVERSION AND RELIGIOUS TRANSFORMATION: ANCIENT AND MODERN EXPERIENCES AND PARADIGMS This lecture series, which extends the programming at Green College by UBC’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture, will focus on religious experience at points of change, especially but not exclusively in the ancient Mediterranean world and in the post-medieval (Christian) West. Speakers will […]

The Dynamics of Religion Lecture Series

The Dynamics of Religion Lecture Series

While many work within the confines of their disciplines, the scientific study of religion has recently witnessed a surfeit of interdisciplinary research. By linking otherwise disparate fields of inquiry, contemporary research sheds light not only on religious belief and practice, but also on human nature, the dynamic nature of social systems, and how the two inform each other.  This year’s series focuses […]

BC Humanist Association Lecture by Edward Slingerland (complete)

BC Humanist Association Lecture by Edward Slingerland (complete)

July 12th, 2013 – Dr. Edward Slingerland will speak about his new project studying the cultural evolution of religion and morality. The lecture will be held in the Oakridge Public Library meeting room. The room is located in the back corner of the library which is located at the South corner of Oakridge mall. details