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AIAS Seminar: Thomas Leppard

Human social complexity: good explanations, bad explanations

2020.12.14 | Kamilla Rosenberg

Date Mon 08 Mar
Time 14:15 15:30
Location The AIAS Auditorium, if possible. Virtually, if not.

Speaker:Thomas Leppard, AIAS Fellow and Assistant Professor


More or less ubiquitously, our species now lives in large, integrated, 'urban' societies with pronounced and heritable social inequalities. This is a marked deviation from human (and other primate) social organizational norms over evolutionary scales. Why did this happen? In this paper I introduce and review more, and less, effective explanations for the emergence of human social complexity during the Holocene. 

Short bio

Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University. He earned his PhD at Brown University, and previously held the inaugural Renfrew Fellowship in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Tom is broadly interested in the global transition from small-scale and non-urban to large-scale, hierarchical societies, and his research on this and other topics has been published in journals including Current Anthropology, Human Ecology, Environmental Conservation, and Antiquity  

See Thomas Leppard's project at AIAS

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English.