CALL FOR PAPERS: Cognitive Science of Nationalistic Behavior (CSNB) – Evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives

The Journal of Cognition and Culture (Brill) is hosting a special issue (edited by Dr Michal Fux, Northeastern University) on the role of cognitive science in nationalistic thought and behaviour (CSNB). Spurred by the rise in popularity of nation-based separatist movements following an era of a steady move toward globalization, the editing team is interested in filling a surprising scholarly gap by establishing a wide explanatory framework / cognitive model for CSNB thoroughly integrated with what is known about human cognition and its evolution.

We invite submissions, empirical and theoretical, from scientists who resonate with this approach and have been studying a cognitive mechanism/system/theory related to aspects of nationalistic thought and behaviors, such as (but not limited to)-  symbols (e.g. flags, anthems), shared narratives or myths of common ancestry, preoccupations with “stranger-danger”, claims to land, appeal to socially constructed categories (e.g. religion/ethnicity/race), and boundary demarcating idioms such as “Motherland” “Homeland” or “The Country”.

Successful submissions will make strong links between cognition and nationalism, even if their data (in the case of empirical papers) was not collected for that purpose, the theoretical link should be clear and compelling. Ultimately, this special issue is meant to foster a network of researchers who, together, will be instrumental in specifying a Standard Model and, eventually, illuminate the motivations behind participation in nationalistic movements.

Manuscript Submissions

Interested contributors should submit a 750-word proposal (PDF, Word, or Google Doc) to m.fux@northeastern.edu. Evaluation of proposals will start on May 1st, 2019 on a rolling basis; early submissions are encouraged. Dr Fux will send out invitations for full manuscripts. Final manuscripts will be due on September 1st, 2019.

Call for abstracts for the Social Neuroendocrinology Preconference at HBES 2019

We are delighted to offer the Connecting Minds in Social Neuroendocrinology and Evolution preconference again at HBES 2019 in Boston!

This preconference meeting is an opportunity to connect new and established researchers who are investigating the social influences and effects of both endogenous and exogenous hormones in the context of human evolution.

The preconference event will take place on the morning of Wednesday May 29th, before HBES begins. This event will include short DataBlitz presentations with a focus on preliminary data, plenary talks from researchers in the field, and a networking lunch open to all attendees.

We are pleased to announce two plenary speakers presenting at this event:

Dr Jon Maner, from the department of Psychology at Florida State University

Dr Patty Kuo, from the department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame

If you are interested in presenting in our DataBlitz session, please submit an abstract for consideration by April 20th (abstract decisions announced May 3rd). These brief talks open to all, but are particularly encouraged from undergraduate/postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers. DataBlitz talks should emphasize new and/or preliminary research findings.

Please contact Amanda Hahn (amanda.hahn@humboldt.edu) or Jaime Palmer-Hague (Jaime.PalmerHague@twu.ca) with any questions regarding this event or for late registration.

Evolutionary Development Pre-Conference at SRCD

Evolutionary Development Pre-conference at the 2019 meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development! 

The Evolutionary Development Pre-conference will serve as a forum for exposing SRCD members to an explicitly evolutionary-oriented approach, highlighting research from a broad range of fields such as, anthropology, ecology, and biology—fields for which many members of SRCD have limited exposure.

This pre-conference will feature speakers from a range of disciplines and career stages, and will focus on research on life history strategy and the evolutionary importance of unpredictable and adverse early environments on development. After the presentations, the chairs will lead a structured discussion on implications of this research for policy and treatment as well as directions for future research.

Speakers Include: 

Andrew Dismukes, Penn State University
Sarah Hill, Texas Christian University
Gabriel Schlomer, University at Albany, SUNY
Sarah Hartman, University of California, Davis

Registration for the preconference is $20 for faculty (all ranks) and $1 for trainees (students and post-docs).

You can register here: https://www.srcd2019evodevopreconf.com

31st Annual Human Behavior & Evolution Society meeting – Boston Deadlines!

The abstract submission deadline for HBES 2019 is Feb 22nd. Click here to link directly to the submission page.

Also, early-bird registration ends on Feb 28th. After the 28th, prices will increase. Register now!

See you in Boston!

HBES Awards 2019 – Call for Nominations

The HBES Early Career Award

The HBES Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution recognizes excellent young scientists who have made distinguished theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the study of evolution and human behavior. The nomination letter should include the following information:

  • What are the general themes of the nominee’s major lines of research?
  • What are the important research findings discovered by the nominee?
  • To what extent have the nominee’s contributions generated research in the field?

Nominations for the HBES Early Career Award should include a statement about the worthiness of the nominee, curriculum vita of the nominee, a recent complete bibliography, and no more than five reprints representative of the nominee’s contributions. Please note: The award is subject to the following limitation: The nominee must be no more than 10 years post-Ph.D.

Nominations should be submitted online at https://www.hbes.com/nominations/ by 1 April 2019.


The HBES Lifetime Career Award

Nominations are open for the HBES Lifetime Career award. If you wish to nominate someone, please follow these guidelines. Nominations for these awards should include a letter of nomination, a curriculum vita, a recent complete bibliography, up to five representative reprints and the names and addresses of several scientists familiar with the nominee’s work.

  • What has been the significant and enduring influence of the nominee’s research?
  • What historical contribution has the nominee’s research made to the field?
  • Compare the nominee with others in her/his field.
  • What influence has the nominee had on students and others in the same field of study?
  • Where possible, please identify the nominee’s students by name.

Nominations should be submitted online at https://www.hbes.com/nominations/ by 1 April 2019.

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31st Annual Human Behavior & Evolution Society meeting (Boston)

The HBES 2019 website is now live (http://meetatbu.com/hbes19). We are excited to hear talks from a great slate of plenaries, including Steve Gaulin, Michele Gelfand, Hopi Hoekstra, Ed Hagen, & Polly Wiessner. Our newly minted lifetime career award winner, David Buss, will deliver the keynote address.

This year we will have three pre-conference sessions to choose from (on open science, social neuroendocrinology, and integrated approaches to research on culture). We are also happy to announce that this year the conference will help coordinate onsite childcare (supported in part by generous funding from the society). Register for that, along with the conference, pre-conference sessions, banquet and BBQ on the conference website. And, make sure to register before February 28th to get early bird pricing!

As in years past, the society will be sponsoring student-member registration and housing (first come / first served, until funds run out). Student-members who register by February 28th will get registration for free. And, while funding is left, student-members will get a 50% discounted rate on dorm housing (usually $88/night). So, register early!

The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is February 22nd (200 words max). This year we will be trying out the ‘datablitz‘ talk format (5 minutes, data heavy) in addition to standard symposium talks. You can indicate your order of preference for how you want your abstract considered on the website, as well as submit a manuscript for consideration for new investigator or postdoctoral award.

Send your questions to hbes2019@hbes.com, or tweet the organizers @hbes2019

See you in Boston!

~Carolyn Hodges-Simeon, Danielle Truxaw & Max Krasnow (2019 organizers)

Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer Psychology – Brunel University London

The Centre for Culture and Evolution at Brunel University London is hiring more evolutionary psychologists (tinyurl.com/ycogemfk)! Including a potential senior lecturer (equal to associate professor) in cross-cultural assessment (tinyurl.com/ycn63vc4).

Research area open, but we are mostly scholars who study romantic relationships, morality and religion, or cooperation and conflict from cross-cultural and evolutionary perspectives. Also interested in evolution and culture scholars, broadly defined, who can teach multivariate statistics and/or social psychology.

Come join us at @CCE_Brunel!

David P. Schmitt, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Centre for Culture and Evolution
Department of Life Sciences
Brunel University London
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
e-mail: David.Schmitt@brunel.ac.uk