International Symposium Announcement
The Molecular Anthropology of Language: Results and Prospects
Over the past two decades, genomic studies have played an increasingly important role in exploring the history of our own species. These studies have helped to gain detailed insights into the first appearance of anatomically modern humans in Africa and their subsequent migration to other parts of the world. Genomic approaches also allowed researchers to unravel intricate details of population admixture as well as gene functions and adaptations previously deemed impossible. These developments have opened new avenues for exploring the evolutionary origins and the historical dynamics of human language, one of the most distinctive features of our species.
To take stock of these developments, the Swiss National Competence Center in Research ‘Evolving Language’ is happy to announce a special symposium on The Molecular Anthropology of Language: Results and Prospects. This two-day event held at the University of Zurich from 29-30 September 2021 will bring together both established and emerging leaders in this burgeoning field.
We invite scientists of advanced PhD stage and beyond who utilize ‘omics’ approaches to contribute to this symposium. We are seeking contributions from researchers applying empirical, theoretical or comparative approaches to study evolution. In a broad sense, topics should include, but are not limited to, all aspects of modern genomics in language-related research. We are delighted that Alicia Sanchez-Mazas (University of Geneva), Simon Fisher (MPI Nijmegen), Mark Stoneking (MPI Leipzig) and Laurent Excoffier (University of Bern) have agreed to deliver keynote addresses. We have likewise secured presentations by the following scholars: Dan Dediu (CNRS – DLL Lyon), Sonja Vernes (St. Andrews), Cedric Boeckx (University of Barcelona), Reyna Gordon (Vanderbilt University), Angela Morgan (MCRI, Australia), Chiara Barbieri (University of Zurich), Patrick Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong).
We have a limited number of 30-minute slots available for speakers who plan to attend the symposium with an active contribution. Please send an abstract of 300 words incl. title, author names and affiliations to Eliza Isabaeva at until 20 June 2021. The NCCR Evolving Language will cover the symposium related costs (flight+accommodation).