What makes a person

05.11.2007 14:32

What makes a person into a person?

Dr. Armin Flender Press office
Cultural Studies Institute

Natural scientists and humanities scholars from Germany and abroad will be discussing the basics of human language and culture on November 12th and 13th, 2007 at the University of Dortmund.

At least since the decoding of the chimpanzee genome, it has been clear that the chimpanzees are the closest relatives of humans. What is the important difference through which only humans have developed linguistic and cognitive skills? What caused people to found civilizations, invent religions, develop language and art? What is that specifically human about humans?

The 2007 annual conference of the research group "What is Man? Culture - Language - Nature" (a cooperation project between the Institute for Cultural Studies and the University of Dortmund) examines these questions and tries to find answers. The topic of the conference, which will take place on November 12th and 13th, 2007 in the Erich Brost House of the University of Dortmund, is: "What makes a person into a person?" Primatologists, philosophers, linguists and psychologists from home and abroad present the latest research findings and debate the basis of human language and cultural abilities.

Speakers: Michael Tomasello (mpi-Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig), Heike Behrens (Basel), Nick Enfield (mpi-Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen), Volker Heeschen (LMU, Munich), Manfred Holodynski (Münster), Harald Welzer (KWI), Ludger Hoffmann (Dortmund), Uta Quasthoff (Dortmund), Michael Kastner (Dortmund), Louise Röska-Hardy (Dortmund / KWI) and others

Start of the conference: November 12, 2007, 1 p.m. Conference languages: English and German; Participation is possible to a limited extent after registration by fax on 0201 / 7204-111 or by email to [email protected]

Further information is available at www.kwi-nrw.de or by calling 0201 / 7204-213

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