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.

Chapter Proposals for Xenolinguistics: Toward a Science of Extraterrestrial Language

Would extraterrestrial intelligence have language? If so, what can we say about the nature of such language prior to making contact, or before even knowing whether extraterrestrial intelligence exists? To explore these questions, chapter proposals are invited for an edited book titled Xenolinguistics: Toward a Science of Extraterrestrial Language. This book builds upon the forthcoming Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Cognition and Communication in the Universe (Oxford University Press, 2018), which is also edited by Douglas Vakoch. Proposals informed by the evolution of language are encouraged, as are proposals exploring the distinctive nature of language when compared with nonhuman communication systems.

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One week left to submit for New Investigator and Postdoctoral award Competition for HBES 2018

The deadline for submission of manuscripts to be considered for the New Investigator and Postdoctoral Award is 1 April. You can find more information here.

Call for meta-analysis data: moral licensing & watching eyes effect

Our team is conducting two meta-analyses:

1. Moral Licensing
Specifically, we are interested in looking at the moderating effects of study procedures (such as whether the participants were observed during the licensing manipulation), and characteristics of the measures (such as the ambiguity of the dependent measure) on the moral licensing effect.

2. Watching Eyes Effects
Specifically, we are examining whether exposure length to observation cues (long or short) explain the inconsistencies in the literature regarding the impact of eye images on generosity.

Now we are looking for any unpublished experimental studies (e.g., manuscripts, doctoral dissertations, file drawer) or data on these topics.

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International Conference on the Evolution of Religion: call for papers by June 1st

The 2nd International Conference on the Evolution of Religion
November 12-15, 2017, Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort,
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, USA
theevolutionofreligionii.org
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Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies: call for abstracts

The Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies 2017, 4th annual conference  will take place at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland between September 20-22, 2017.

The submission deadline for posters and oral presentations is on 5 June 2017. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words excluding title, author names and affiliations. Abstracts should be written in English. Text should be organized into four sections: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusions.

All the information about the Conference is available at www.ptnce2017.pl.

Neuroendocrinology Pre-conference at HBES – extended submission deadline!

The Connecting Minds In Social Neuroendocrinology and Evolution Preconference will return to HBES this year on Wednesday Mary 31st 9am-12pm. This event is an opportunity for all to connect with HBES researchers investigating the social influences and effects of hormones in the context of human evolution. We will hear from Drs. Sonia Cavigelli, Pennsylvania State University, and Keith Welker, University of Massachusetts Boston, who will give us an overview of their current research and discuss some issues related to conducting research connecting hormones and social behaviour from an evolutionary perspective.

A datablitz session will follow, where students and early career researchers will provide brief research talks, followed by an opportunity to network and receive feedback on their research. Participants in the datablitz session will also be invited to a mentoring lunch where they will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with our keynote speakers.

All students, post-docs, and early career researchers working in the field of social neuroendocrinology are encouraged to submit an abstract for this datablitz session. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to April 18th. Please visit http://hbes2017.com/conference/neuroendocrinology-pre-conference/ for more information or to submit your abstract.

For questions or more information, please contact:
Amanda Hahn
Jaime Palmer-Hague

Call for Papers: Evolution and Biology of Leadership

Evolution and Biology of Leadership: A New Synthesis

Guest Editors:
Mark van Vugt – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Chris von Rueden- Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

Leadership is one of the most important research themes in the social sciences, permeating all scales of human cooperation, from intra-household decision-making to the management of complex organizations and states. Leadership is also a growing area of interest in the evolutionary and biological sciences, which are providing new insights into the emergence and dynamics of leader-follower relationships in human and non-human societies (Couzin et al., 2005; King et al., 2009; Smith et al., 2016). Greater integration of theory and method across the social and biological sciences can be helpful to inform future theory, research, and best leadership practice, which is a core aim of The Leadership Quarterly too (Antonakis, 2017).

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Neuroendocrinology Pre-conference at HBES – Call for abstracts

The Connecting Minds In Social Neuroendocrinology and Evolution Preconference will return to HBES this year! The event will take place on Wednesday Mary 31st 9am-12pm and is free for all to attend. Please indicate your intent to attend this event during the HBES registration process.

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