Abstract submissions for the Culture Conference 2020 are now open!

Abstract submissions for the Culture Conference 2020 are now open!

Submissions should be relevant to this year’s theme of “Evolutionary Perspectives on Culture”. Abstracts for talks and posters up to 300 words will be accepted until 20th March. Poster submissions also have the option of a 5-minute lightning talk.

This year we’re doing a blind review of all abstracts so please ensure your submission contains no author names, affiliations or other potentially identifying information. Please email cultureconference@stir.ac.uk with your anonymised abstract in a separate attachment.

We are also offering grants for presenters who are students, on low incomes or with high costs associated with attending such as childcare requirements. For more information please email us or see our website: www.culture-conference.com.

We expect that conference registration will open around mid-April, keep an eye on our Twitter feed (@CultConf) and our website for updates

5-year Research Fellow position available at University of Portsmouth

5-year Research Fellow position available as part of ERC Consolidator grant ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’ at University of Portsmouth

 

The University of Portsmouth is a dynamic and ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, it is also ranked 21st in the 2020 Guardian League Table University Guide, and 113th in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

We are seeking to appoint a full-time, 5-year Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth, Department of Psychology, Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, as part of European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant FACEDIFF “Individual differences in facial expressivity: social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins” awarded to Professor Bridget Waller.

The Research Fellow will develop, conduct and manage laboratory based cognitive and behavioural experiments with human participants at the University of Portsmouth. The experiments will focus on social interaction, nonverbal behaviour and facial expression processing. The Research Fellow will use the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) and Social Network Analysis and conduct statistical analysis on the data using R. The Research Fellow will work closely with a PhD student and Research Associate on the project as well as other staff in a large inter-disciplinary research team. The goal for this part of the project is to conduct a series of behavioural and cognitive experiments as a comprehensive analysis of individual differences in facial expressivity. We are seeking a passionate, experienced and skilled researcher to join our team. Relocation expenses are available (please see the University of Portsmouth relocation expenses policy).

 

For advert details, see here.

Call for Papers: Psychological Perspectives on Culture Change (American Psychologist)

Call for Papers:  Psychological Perspectives on Culture Change

Important Dates

Paper proposals due: March 31, 2020

Decisions on paper proposals: April 30, 2020

Manuscripts due: July 31, 2020

 

Guest Editors:

Michael E. W. Varnum, PhD, Arizona State University

Igor Grossmann, PhD, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

 

Advisory Editor:

Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, American Psychologist Associate Editor

 

Aims of the Special Issue

The goals of this special issue are (a) to draw together research and theory from the emerging psychology of cultural change to promote a deeper and more systematic understanding of cultural dynamics and (b) to promote a more rigorous approach to this research enterprise going forward. We are especially interested in manuscripts that provide theoretical explanations for specific patterns of change that are relevant to psychologists and lay people alike (e.g., e.g., increasing levels of anxiety, decreasing levels of prejudice yet increasing frequency of hate crimes)  and manuscripts that provide insight into the dynamics of cultural change writ large (e.g., Why do some shifts occur rapidly vs. slowly? What factors might make a society more susceptible to change in general?). To meet the goal of increasing rigor in this emerging field, we also ask that authors include where feasible concrete predictions for the future using time series forecasting methods. This is especially encouraged if your manuscript presents original research and is also strongly encouraged if your manuscript reviews a previous program of research that did not contain forecasts. By doing so, we hope to encourage a shift from the current largely descriptive/postdictive approach to studying cultural change to a truly predictive science.

 

Background

We live in an era of dramatic change and upheaval, a reminder that human societies are not static. How and why do cultures change? In recent years, psychological scientists and others have begun to quantify large-scale changes in our psychology, behavior, norms, and societies.

 

This increasing focus on cultural change has been enabled by the Big Data revolution, greater access to archival sources, and the integration of theory and methods from a variety of fields outside of psychology, including econometrics, computer science, and evolutionary biology. This has led to a number of discoveries about how our cultures are changing.

 

Yet a number of key challenges and opportunities remain for this emerging field. Can psychological scientists move beyond documenting patterns of change to testing theories about the causes of such shifts? Beyond explaining the past, how can behavioral scientists approach forecasting what human minds and societies might look like in the future? Our hope in this special issue is to begin to address these questions and to lay out a roadmap (both theoretical and methodological) for researchers to follow in the future.

 

Manuscript Submission

Paper proposals are due March 31, 2020 and should be emailed to one of the guest editors:

Michael E. W. Varnum, PhD: mvarnum@asu.edu

Igor Grossmann, PhD:  igrossma@uwaterloo.ca

 

Decisions on proposals and invitations to submit full manuscripts will be emailed to potential contributors by April 30, 2020.

 

Full manuscripts should comply with American Psychologist’s submission guidelines (including manuscript length) which can be found on the American Psychologist home page. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the journal submission portal by the deadline of July 31, 2020.

Job Postings at Brunel University London, Centre for Culture & Evolution

Brunel University London is recruiting at all levels at the Centre for Culture and Evolution @CCE_Brunel. For Reader/Professor, we are looking to recruit in the area of cross-cultural psychology and individual differences (https://careers.brunel.ac.uk/vacancy/readerprofessor-of-psychology-cce—13347-409584.html). At L/SL level, looking to recruit in areas of behavioural ecology, cross-cultural psychology, evolutionary anthropology, and/or evolutionary psychology (https://careers.brunel.ac.uk/vacancy/lecturersenior-lecturer-in-psychology-cce—13348-409565.html).

HBES 2020 Detroit Website is Live

The HBES 2020 Conference website is now live! The conference will take place June 24-27, 2020 in Detroit, MI.

Plenary speakers have been announced. Abstract submissions will open January 31, 2020.

 

More conference details to come!

UCLA’s new Ph.D. Program in Communication

UCLA’s new Ph.D. Program in Communication is now accepting applications for its first class starting in Fall 2020!

 

Whether you are looking for a graduate program that will expand your opportunities into academia, or are planning to pursue a career in industries requiring advanced analytical research experience, this program is designed for you.

 

UCLA’s new Ph.D. Program in Communication will offer students rigorous interdisciplinary training from world-renowned faculty at the forefront of communication research. The program will center on three main areas of study: Communication and Cognition, Computational Communication, and Political Communication.

 

As a student of this program, you will

  • Design a research project that will address inquiries impacting the field and enrich your personal academic development
  • Receive close guidance from your faculty mentor who will support your first and second year projects that will culminate in a Ph.D. dissertation
  • Be trained in cutting-edge communication methodologies that will hone your empirical skills, knowledge, and analysis
  • Gain proximity to technology and communication industries in the vibrant and global city of Los Angeles
  • Build a resume that makes you highly sought after within both academia and industry

 

The application is now live!

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2019. Learn more about the program, funding, and the application process at https://comm.ucla.edu/graduate/program. The site also provides an overview of our UCLA Communication department faculty and their groundbreaking research projects in the communication and technology field.

 

For further inquiries, please email gradprogram@comm.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-1703. We are excited to hear from you!

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology opening at VU Amsterdam

The social psychology group at the VU Amsterdam is hiring an Assistant Professor (for five years).  The application deadline is 31 December 2019. Research faculty includes Daniel Balliet, Francesca Righetti, Jellie Sierksma, Josh Tybur, Jan Willem van Prooijen, and Paul Van Lange.

For more information: https://werkenbij.vu.nl/ad/assistant-professor-in-psychology/4vz1dl

This position is within the research program in the Social Psychology section which adopts a strong interdisciplinary and international orientation to research, theory, and methods. We are searching for a candidate whose research focuses on psychological, economic, and evolutionary perspectives on social interactions, including trust and cooperation, between individuals and groups. The section is particularly interested in expanding their expertise in the direction of using agent-based modeling and simulations to study human cooperation.

Postdoctoral Fellowship at MindCORE housed at University of Pennsylvania

MindCORE seeks to recruit outstanding postdoctoral researchers for our Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars. Housed within the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, MindCORE is an interdisciplinary effort to understand human intelligence and behavior.

Designed for individuals who have recently obtained a PhD degree in psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy or other cognitive science discipline, the MindCORE Fellowship is a springboard for young researchers as they establish their own research program. Fellows are also encouraged to pursue collaborative research with faculty working across disciplines at Penn.

Benefits

Fellows receive a competitive salary and health insurance plus a modest research budget. Fellows also benefit from access to the greater community of academics including visiting scholars plus leading research facilities equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation all on an urban campus in a vibrant city. Fellows are invited to join regular working group meetings within their field plus career development workshops aimed at young researchers, and will be provided with a mentoring committee. Funding is provided in one-year terms renewable for up to three years.

Eligibility & Application

    • Applicants must have formally completed all requirements of the PhD degree and provide a copy of their diploma at the time of appointment. Candidates must submit a research statement that identifies at least two MindCORE faculty at Penn with whom the applicant could potentially collaborate; along with a CV, and contact information for two referees. Email complete application packets to pennmindcore@sas.upenn.edu
    • Applications will be reviewed beginning January 3, 2020, continuing until positions are filled.

Selection

All eligible and complete applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee. Applications are judged on the following criteria:

    • Scientific excellence
    • Scientific match and interdisciplinarity
    • Career potential

MindCORE seeks to award 2 post-doctoral Fellowships per year. Positions may start as early as July 1, 2020.

 

See here for full advert

Job Ad: Professor and Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU

Professor and Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) with a concurrent appointment as a tenured Full Professor. ASU serves more than 70,000 students across five campuses, and has a rapidly growing digital immersion population. SHESC is located on ASU’s Tempe campus. Tempe is part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

Research and teaching at SHESC (https://shesc.asu.edu) has contributed to ASU ranking #1 in anthropology in both research funding and output. A vibrant community of scholars, teachers, and professionals, SHESC includes over 45 tenure-track faculty members that serve 800 undergraduate majors in anthropology, global health, and applied math and 110 PhD and MA students across four graduate programs. A highly engaged and collaborative unit, SHESC is a leader in research and educational initiatives in traditional anthropological subfields (archaeology, bioarchaeology, evolutionary anthropology, sociocultural anthropology) and problem-based fields of applied math, environmental social science, and global health. SHESC faculty are affiliated with a wide diversity of transdisciplinary research groups, including the Institute of Human Origins, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, the Teotihuacan Research Laboratory and the Centers for Archaeology and Society, Bioarchaeology, Digital Antiquity, Evolution and Medicine, Global Health, and Social Dynamics and Complexity, and the Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program.

The Director will develop and implement a comprehensive plan for SHESC and strategic initiatives related to the faculty, staff, and students, providing leadership, vision, and the capacity to engage faculty across a range of disciplines, while sustaining a culture of collaboration both within and beyond the School, strengthening links with other academic units at ASU, and with the wider community. The Director will also maintain an internationally recognized research program and contribute to the teaching mission of the university. The Director will foster growth and innovation in the School’s research endeavors; attract, develop, and retain exceptional faculty members from diverse backgrounds and disciplines; promote student success and career readiness; develop interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives; advance entrepreneurial opportunities; and enhance productive relationships within and outside the university community.

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent in anthropology, environmental social science or global health, or a related field or discipline
  • A record of excellence in teaching and service in an academic setting
  • A distinguished scholarly record commensurate with the rank of tenured Professor
  • Academic leadership experience

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to cultivating and supporting a diverse faculty and student population
  • Relevant administrative experience
  • Demonstrated appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research
  • Demonstrated ability or articulated potential to catalyze cutting-edge research
  • Demonstrated ability for mentorship and professional development of emerging scholars
  • A record of externally-funded research
  • Potential for innovative and strategic leadership in an academic setting
  • Commitment to building community-based initiatives
  • Commitment to developing donor relations and fundraising

This is a paperless search. To apply, please submit to http://apply.interfolio.com/69718 : (1) a cover letter outlining how you meet the above qualifications and your vision for leading a transdisciplinary academic unit such as SHESC, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and (4) contact information including emails for three references. References may be contacted at a later stage of the search and only with the candidate’s approval. Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is November 24, 2019. If the position is not filled, reviews will occur every week thereafter until the search is closed.  Cover letter can be addressed to Professor Steven Neuberg, Search Committee Chair. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at steven.neuberg@asu.edu.

The 4th Brazilian Meeting on Evolution of Human Behavior 23-27 Mach 2020

About the Conference:

The 4th Brazilian Meeting on Evolution of Human Behavior is an international scientific conference aiming to discuss the human mind and behavior holistically, analyzing the origins and causes of human behavior, its changes, development, and social impact, creating an integrative understanding and basis for application in various areas. In addition to its scientific impact, the event is expected to create and strengthen collaborations among world and Brazilian researchers and students.

Date and place: 23rd and 27th of March 2020, University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil.

Keynote speakers: Martie Haselton (USA), Paul Vasey (Canada); Catherine Salmon (USA); David Puts (USA); Tabita Hünemeier (Brazil); Dennis Werner (Brazil)

https://www.4thbrazilianehb.com/speakers/

 

Symposia:

  1. Feminist Perspective in Evolutionary Psychology (Maryanne Fisher, Canada, together with the Brazilian collective “Maria Emilia – (R)evolutionary women”)
  2. Human Sexuality from the Evolutionary Perspective (Catherine Salmon, David Puts, Paul Vasey)
  3. Comparative Study of Development: Environmental effects (Briseida Resende, Patricia Izar, Nicolas Chaline)

 

Besides, we plan approximately 5 thematic oral sessions, and one poster session, depending on the number of abstract submissions.

Abstract submissions: Abstract submissions are open until November 10th 2019. We encourage submissions of empirical or theoretical studies focusing on the mind and/or behavior of humans and other animals based on evolutionary or ethological perspectives.

https://www.4thbrazilianehb.com/submission/

Key deadlines:

Abstract submissions: Nov 10th 2019

Notification of Acceptance:  Nov 25th 2019

Conference registration: Early bird until Dez 1st 2019

For more details please see our website: https://www.4thbrazilianehb.com/

And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4thbrazilianehb/

Organizers: Jaroslava Varella Valentova; Anthonieta Looman Mafra; Marco Antonio Correa Varella

Funding: FAPESP