Anthropology, Cognitive science, Evolutionary and developmental psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy of mind

Course date

4 July - 12 July, 2007
Application deadline
15 February, 2007
Course Director(s): 

Gyorgy Gergely

Department of Cognitive Science and Cognitive Development Center (CDC), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Dan Sperber

Department of Cognitive Science Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Rita Astuti

Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics, UK

Maurice Bloch

Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics, UK

Pascal Boyer

Psychology and Anthropology departments, Washington University in St Louis, USA

Susan Carey

Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Gergely Csibra

Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Daniel Fessler

Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

Lawrence Hirschfeld

New School for Social Research, Psychology and Anthropology, New York, United States of America

Pierre Jacob

Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS, EHESS and ENS, Paris, France
Guest Speaker(s): 

Ned Block

Department of Philosophy, New York University, USA

Katalin Farkas

Philosophy Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Csaba Pleh

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Center for Cognitive Science, Budapest, Hungary

The summer course is aimed at providing a state-of-the-art cutting-edge scientific and research-oriented training for post-doctoral young researchers and highly promising pre-doctoral students from European and overseas universities and research institutes on the nature of the relationship between culture and cognition.

The course will concentrate on recent theoretical and empirical advances in the scientific study of the role that evolved domain-specific cognitive adaptations such as peripheral and central modular and core knowledge systems of the mind play in explaining the emergence, transmission, and stabilization as well as the variability and universal aspects of cultural phenomena across different societies and cultural environments.

These issues will be explored from an interdisciplinary perspective that integrates several different, but partially overlapping fields of knowledge and scientific inquiry including anthropology, ethnology, evolutionary and developmental psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, theories of communication, cross-cultural and comparative approaches to human and nonhuman culture and cultural learning, philosophy of mind, cognitive archeology, etc. The course will be taught by a faculty consisting of internationally acknowledged leading experts of these fields of inquiry from a variety of European countries (France, England, Hungary) as well as from the United States.

You can watch a selection of video lectures recorded during the course.