BEDLAN is organising a multidisciplinary seminar on human evolution and cultural change in Turku, Finland, at the start of November 2018!

All details below are also available as a flyer!

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The seminar is free of charge, but attendees are requested to enrol so that numbers can be tracked for e.g. coffee booking.  Registration is closed.

Seminar will be streamed online. You can follow the presentations*

On Thursday from this link:

On Friday from this link:

Note #1: On Friday please click the link which matches the time slot of the presentation.

Note #2: You won't be able to ask questions from the presenters via Internet streaming.

*All other presentations will be streamed except Kerttu Majander's.

The seminar talks will be conducted in English, the panel discussion on Thursday will be in Finnish. The program of the seminar can be found below and as the flyer. 

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Dates: 1-2.11.2018

Location: University of Turku, Turku, Finland

Cost: Free, but enrollment required


Thursday Nov 1st Principles for transdisciplinary work of human past

In Natura Lecture Hall IX

09.30-10.15 Morning coffee & sandwiches for the preregistered participants

Chair: Terhi Honkola

10.15-10.30 Päivi Onkamo & Outi Vesakoski: Forewords: Need for interdisciplinary discussion on human evolution and cultural change aka human past.

10.30-11.00 Visa Immonen: Archaeological methods in studies of human past.

11.00-11.30 Päivi Onkamo: What does genetics offer to studies of human past?

11.30-12.30 Lunch (on your own expense)

Chair: Elina Salmela

12.30-13.00 Miina Norvik & Outi Vesakoski: What does historical linguistics offer to studies of human past.

13.00-13.30 Virpi Lummaa: Human evolutionary ecology.

13.30-14.00 Sakari Salonen: Human past environments.

14.00-14.30 Coffee

Chair: Miina Norvik

14.30-14.50 Kati Salo: Archaeological osteology – at the crossroads of biology and archaeology.

14.50-15.10 Elina Salmela: Population genetics of past and extant human populations.

15.10-15.30 Luke Maurits: Phylogenetic linguistics.

15.30-15.45 Leg stretcher

15.45-16.05 Timo Vuorisalo: Challenges in interdisciplinary discussions.

16.05-17.00 Paneelikeskustelu: Mikä mättää tieteidenvälisessä keskustelussa? Santeri Junttila, Virpi Lummaa, Outi Vesakoski, Visa Immonen, Elina Salmela. Pj: Jouko Lindstedt

Friday Nov 2nd Recent progress in interdisciplinary studies on human past

In Educarium Lecture Hall Edu 1

Chair: Päivi Onkamo

08.30-09.00 Outi Vesakoski & Elina Salmela: Forewords and first example, the review on the holistic history of Uralic speaking area.    

09.00-09.30 Jouko Lindstedt: The Slavic spread in linguistics, history, archaeology, genetics, palaeoclimatology, and historical epidemiology.

09.30-10.00 Jussi Moisio: Multidisciplinary approach to the study of Early Iron Migration in Finland

10.00-10.30 Coffee

Chair: Luke Maurits

10.30-11.00 Ville Pimenoff: Archaeogenetics of humans and their pathogens.

11.00-11.30 Kristiina Tambets & Outi Vesakoski: Genetic history of Uralic speaker populations is reflected in linguistic history.

11.30-12.00 Kerttu Majander: Tracing the population history of Finland with ancient DNA.

12.00-13.00 Lunch (on your own expense)

Chair: Outi Vesakoski

13.00-13.30 Miikka Tallavaara: Human macroecology - how environment affects human populations over large spatial and temporal scales.

13.30-14.00 Terhi Honkola: Linguistic diversification in ecological settings.

14.00-14.30 Simon Chapman & Jenni Pettay: Family in an evolutionary context.

14.30-15.00 Markku Oinonen: Isotopic ratios in studying Holocenic past of nature and people

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30-16.00 Volker Heyd: Of the relationships of human genetics and archaeology.

16.00-17.00 “Nature or nurture” revisited: Social or environmental drivers of human cultural and biological evolution? Panelists: Miikka Tallavaara, Kirsi Salonen, Volker Heyd, Terhi Honkola, Kristiina Tambets. Chair: Outi Vesakoski.