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THE SOCIOBIOLOGY OF
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
7-9 JULY 1997
University of Ghent
The main theme of this conference is the sequel to the successful 1985 ESS
meeting in Oxford, Great Britain, where the evolutionary dimensions of
nationalism, ethnocentrism, and xenophobia were discussed. The papers of this
conference were published in "The Sociobiology of Ethnocentrism", edited by
Vernon Reynolds, Vincent Falger, and Ian Vine (London: Croom Helm; Athens, GA:
Georgia University Press, 1987). The 1997 meeting will take place precisely ten
years after the publication of this volume.
In the period between 1987 and 1997, European societies have undergone major
changes, such as the decline of birth rates, mass immigration, as well as the
return of ethnic strife. It is felt that sociobiology may shed some light on the
causes underlying these phenomena.
Due to its evolutionary orientation, sociobiological analysis enhanced our
understanding of reproductive behaviour, therefore studies focusing on the
decline of indigenous populations are most welcome. With regard to the causes
underlying the recent ethnic strife, studies specialising in the evolutionary
underpinnings of the human preparedness for in-group/out-group behaviour are
The main focus of the conference is on the general causes underlying these
behaviours, the empirical studies of these phenomena, and the policy
implications involved. Obviously, given the scientific nature of this meeting,
implicit or explicit political statements are excluded.
The conference will be held at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Ghent is
situated 55 km north-west of Brussels, the 'capital of Europe', and can easily
be reached by air and rail. It was a famous rich late-Middle Age Flemish trade
and artistic centre, well-preserved in modern times, and now it is a lively
university town. The university of Ghent was founded in 1817.
Although scholars over a variety of disciplines show an interest in
sociobiological theory, biological anthropology in general and social biology
and sociobiology in particular are taught at the section Biological Anthropology
and Social Biology. This small-scale research group is part of the Department of
Population Sciences and Social Science Research Methods, within the Faculty of
Political and Social Sciences.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The European Sociobiological Society has the objective of serving as a forum for
the study of the role of biological factors in the behaviour of animals and man,
with special emphasis on evolutionary aspects. The Society will, according to
its Statutes, refrain from using or abusing such studies for political purposes.
We welcome papers concerning the evolutionary dimensions of ethnocentrism,
nationalism, xenophobia, and other sociobiological applications of the
in-group/out-group concept to human societies.
As always in ESS conferences, there is also a free paper session.
Authors who want to present a paper at the conference, please send an abstract
together with a registration form to :
Prof. Dr. R.L. Cliquet
University of Ghent
Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Department of Population Sciences and
Social Science Research Methods
Section Biological Anthropology and
The deadline for submission of abstracts is
10 June 1997.
To register for the conference the registration form must be completed and
returned - either by mail or fax - by 1 June 1997 at the latest to Kris
Thienpont at the address below.
Overhead and slide projectors will be available.
Both a conference dinner and an excursion to the city of Ghent are scheduled.
Please indicate on the registration form whether you'd like to subscribe for
these social events. Prices are dependent on the number of participants.
Conference fees :
ESS members : $45
Non-ESS members : $55
Students : $30
Accommodation* is provided in local hotels and student rooms.
For information, registration and reservation please contact: :
University of Ghent
Section Bio-Anthropology and Social Biology
B-9000 GHENT, Belgium
Tel. + 32.(0)9.264.42.48
Fax + 32.(0)9.264.42.94
E-mail : Kristiaan.Thienpont(rug.ac.be)
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