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Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC)

The goal of the Center is to promote connections and collaborations between different researchers focusing on various aspects and levels of human social behavior. We use theoretical and empirical methods and work at the interface of mathematical, biological, social, and computational sciences. Our topics of interest include cooperation, conflict, cultural evolution and dynamics, mass behavior and psychology, human origins, emergence and evolution of human societies, social norms, and societal resilience and (in) stability to various shocks. We are interested in combining system thinking, modeling tools, and big data to develop testable predictions and practical agendas.

DySoC/NIMBioS Seminars


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Next: Monday, Nov 12, 3:30 (refreshments at 3)
Speaker: Aleydis Van de Moortel (Classics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Topic: Understanding the rise and decline of complex society at prehistoric Mitrou, Greece, through practice theory and human agency
Location: Room 206, Claxton Bldg, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.

Did you miss a seminar? Here's the line-up with video at the link:
Oct 15 – Sergey Gavrilets (EEB, Mathematics, NIMBioS, UTK; DySoC Director; Anthropology, Oxford Univ.) Modeling the evolutionary origins and dynamics of social complexity
Sep 24 – Damian Ruck (Anthropology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) on Cultural prerequisites for democracy and economic development
Apr 16 – Garriy Shteynberg (Psychology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) on Not by imitation alone: Collective learning as a psychological foundation of human evolutionary success
Mar 19 – Brandon Prins (Political Science, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) on Pirate lands: Governance and maritime piracy
Feb 14 – Alex Bentley (Anthropology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) on The acceleration of cultural evolution


Contact DySoC
Sergey Gavrilets, Director
403B Austin Peay
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-3410
PH: (865) 974-8136
FAX: (865) 974-3067 Email
Website: http://www.dysoc.org

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