The use and abuse of Darwinism in the humanities and the social sciences: past, present, and future

November 28, 2014
University of Ghent


Keynote speakers:

Christophe Heintz
Central European University
Bert Theunissen
Utrecht University

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Herewith, the program of the workshop “The use and abuse of Darwinism in the humanities and the
social sciences” organized by the “Darwinism & HSS” Lille-Ghent group. The keynote speakers are
Christophe Heintz (CEU Budapest) and Bert Theunissen (Utrecht University).

The workshop will take place at Het Pand in the centre of Ghent on Friday 28 November. Participation
to the workshop is free, but registration is required as places are limited. Lunch will be provided. The
conference diner, which is free for presenters, will take place at Het Pakhuis. Please register by Friday
14 November by sending an e-mail to Stefaan Blancke ( Also indicate whether
you would like to attend the conference diner as well.

The use and abuse of Darwinism in the humanities and the social sciences: past, present, and future –
Friday 28 November 2014

Organized by the “Darwinism & HSS” Lille-Ghent group
with the support of the Lille-Ghent alliance (DHUSS-project) and Ghent University

Location: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent

9h00-9h30:              Welcome and coffee

Session 1 (chair: Gilles Denis, University of Lille 1)

9h30-10h30:             Keynote Christophe Heintz (CEU Budapest), tba

10h30-11h00:         Coffee

Session 2 (chair: Stefaan Blancke, Ghent University)

11h00-11h30:          Sylvain Billiard (University of Lille 1), Evolution of culture: Attempting a critical
review of the Cavalli-Sforza-Feldman’s theoretical framework

11h30-12h00:          Clarisse Zoulim (Paris Sorbonne University), Darwin and the philosophy of mind

12h00-12h30:          Koen Tanghe (Ghent University), On the common denominator of geology,
biology and anthropology: Bursting the limits of time

12h30-14h00:          Lunch (provided on site)

Session 3 (chair: Annette Disselkamp, University of Lille 1 )

14h00-14h30:          Eleonora Severini and Fabio Sterpetti (both Sapienzia University of Rome),
Evolutionary debunking arguments in meta-ethics: Some epistemological remarks

14h30-15h00:          Brian Garvey (Lancaster University), The evolution of morality and its rollback

15h00-15h30:          Simon Friederich (University of Groningen), Evolutionary psychology and evolved
sex differences: whither feminism and modern society?

15h30-16h00:          Pieter Bonte (Ghent University), Anti-doping absolutism – A Darwinian
demasqué: Natural talent as a signal of fitness and doping as misleading mimicry

16h00-16h30:          Coffee

Session 4 (chair: Johan Braeckman, Ghent University)

16h30-17h30:          Bert Theunissen (Utrecht University), tba

17h30:                       End of workshop

19h00:           Conference diner at Het Pakhuis, Schuurkenstraat 4, 9000 Gent

We hope to see you there!

Gilles Denis and Annette Disselkamp (University of Lille 1)

Johan Braeckman, Koen Tanghe, and Stefaan Blancke (Ghent University)

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