Synapse Trans-Disciplinary Seminar Series

Synapse Trans-Disciplinary Seminar Series by the School of Culture, History & Language

Event details

Seminar

Date & time

Wednesday 01 January 2020
12.00am–12.00am

Venue

Online - Zoom

Speaker

Multiple Speakers

Contacts

CHL Communication and Outreach Team

Synapse is a monthly series of trans-disciplinary seminars hosted since 2019 by the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. The seminars showcase the research of scholars committed to exploring questions about human history that emerge at the intersection of multiple disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, archaeology, cultural evolution and ontogeny, genetics, history, linguistics, palaeoecology and philosophy.

Presentation and participation in the seminar contribute to the development of a community of trans-disciplinary practice, building on networks that integrate ANU researchers with national and international colleagues. Synapse seminars are presented live but also recorded and made available here for those unable to participate in the initial event.

Upcoming Events

27/07/2020 - Speculation Made Material: Experimental Archaeology & Maker’s Knowledge

Dr Adrian Currie

Previous Events

29/06/2020 - The earliest sea voyages to Australia: Maps, models, and anecdotes from the field
Dr Shimona Kealy
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30/01/2020 - Unravelling human history with ancient DNA
Dr Ray Tobler
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29/11/2019 - Trans-Disciplinary thinking and teamwork: Reflections on the successes and challenge of two major ARC-Funded Programs spanning the natural sciences and humanities
Dist. Prof. Richard (Bert) Roberts
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30/09/2019 - Signal and Process: reconstructing language histories in Melanesia
Dr Bethwyn Evans
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12/08/2019 - Cooking across time and space: Food and language in the Amazigh/Berber area (Africa)
Prof. Amina Mettouchi
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08/07/2019 - Words and Genes as Windows on our Past
Prof. Russell Gray
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27/06/2019 - The Dynamics of Language Diversity
Prof. Nick Evans
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31/05/2019 - Genetics and Geography: Using genomic data to infer fine-scale population structure and population history
Assoc. Prof. Stephen Leslie
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29/04/2019 - Deep Histories - A trans-disciplinary approach to the past
Assoc. Prof. Chris Ballard
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25/03/2019 - What expertise do you need to be an effective transdisciplinarian?
Prof. Gabriele Bammer
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25/02/2019 - Interactional Foundation of Language: The Interaction Engine hypothesis
Prof. Stephen Levinson
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A synapse – from the Greek for “join-together” ("together" sun- + "join" haptein) – is a specialized port of communication between neurons, the tiny gap across which one nerve cell, or neuron, sends an impulse to another neuron. Collectively, synapses constitute the wiring for the nervous system. While synapses connect neurons to each other, they also link neurons and muscle, or the brain and the body, allowing us to move from thought to action, or theory to practice. So synapse is an appropriate metaphor for a project that seeks to identify the gaps and build the connective tissue between different disciplines, while also promoting the transition from theory to practice, and the generation of concrete projects to develop and test a set of robust procedures and methods for trans-disciplinary research.

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