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Volker Sommer

Volker Sommer

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Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

PhD, Anthropology
University of Göttingen, Germany, 1985

PhD, Habilitation in Anthropology and Primatology
Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany, 1990


Publications Publications (chronological UCL database)


BIOSKETCH

ACADEMIC PROFILE


BOOKS


ARTICLES


MEDIA PRESENCE


TALKS


GRADUATE STUDENTS


SELECTED LINKS

BIOSKETCH

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Volker Sommer is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology in the University of London. His research interests centre around the evolution of social and sexual behaviour in primates, biodiversity conservation, rituals and cognition.

He was born in Holzhausen am Reinhardswald, a village situated in the central German forests where the Brothers Grimm collected their fairy tales in the early 19th century. He studied biology, chemistry and theology in Göttingen, Marburg, Hamburg and Berlin. Supervised by Christian Vogel, he received his PhD in anthropology (1985) and his habilitation in anthropology and primatology (1990) at the Universität Göttingen, Germany. During his time as a Heisenberg-Fellow of the German Research Council, he was a Research Associate at the University of California in Davis, USA (1992-1994) and at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand (1994-1996).

Volker Sommer joined the Department of Anthropology, University College London, in 1996, where he is tutor for the MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour. Since 2008, he has developed UCL's international strategy as Pro-Provost for Africa (www.ucl.ac.uk/global).

Langurs

Sommer's initial field studies focused on the eco-ethology of langur monkeys in Rajasthan, India – first, since 1981, as a doctoral student, then as a post-doc. Personal highlights include residing for some years in a Shiva-temple. From 1989, he helped develop a long-term study of white-handed gibbons in Thailand. Here, he lived for several years at the edge of the Khao-Yai rainforest. Personal highlights include being roared at by a tiger from close range – and surviving. In 1999, Volker Sommer founded the Gashaka Primate Project, a research and conservation programme in Nigeria centered around monkeys and chimpanzees (www.ucl.ac.uk/gashaka). Personal highlights include the first ascend of Gangirwal, West Africa's highest mountain, through the montane jungles of it's southern escarpments – thus reliving how 19th century explorers mapped out Africa's white spots.

Sommer has published 150 articles – scientific as well as popular – and about two dozen books, including novels and poetry. He is a well-known science journalist in German-speaking countries, regularly featured by major magazines and newspapers (GEO, bild der wissenschaft, Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Weltwoche, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, stern, natur, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, FAZ, Die Welt). As a regular guest on radio and TV shows and science programmes, he has also written and read numerous radio segments and presented TV documentaries. Upon invitation, he has delivered more than 250 scientific and public talks on all continents. His award-winning writings have been translated into English, Walloon, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

Hande

Volker Sommer sits on the editorial or advisory boards of various journals and lends his expertise to the Section on Great Apes (pdf) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Sommer has been a panel member of the Evolutionary Biology funding initiative of the VolkswagenStiftung, Germany's largest private science foundation. He also serves on the scientific board of the German-based Giordano-Bruno-Foundation for Evolutionary Humanism (pdf), which is dedicated to the promotion of a scientific and secular worldview in the tradition of the Enlightenment (www.giordano-bruno-stiftung.de).

Sommer was recently made an honorary conservation fellow of the North of England Zoological Society. The political magazine Cicero recently ranked him amongst Gemany's most influential intellectuals. His biography and philosophy is the subject of a TV documentary produced by the German-French culture channel ARTE.

Private passions include performing with the Cambridge-based orchestra Tanzango, dedicated to Tango argentino. (m4a 1, m4a 2)

ACADEMIC PROFILE


Fellowships

German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship / DAAD-Stipendium (1981-1983)

Feodor Lynen-Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (1986-1988)

Habilitation-Fellowship of the German Research Council / DFG (1988-1990)

Visiting Scientist Grant University of California at San Diego, USA (1989)

Heisenberg-Stipendium of the German Research Council / DFG (1991-1996)


Awards

Bundessieger im Wettbewerb Jugend forscht / National winner of the young scientists' competition, category Biology, sponsored by the German Government, industry and the magazine "stern" (1973)

Hörlein-Preis des Verbandes Deutscher Biologen / Young scientist award, Association of German Biologists (1974)

Wettbewerb Reporter der Wissenschaft, Sonderpreis "Magazin" / National competition in science journalism, category "magazine", sponsored by leading German newspapers and magazines (1983)

Fritz-Frank-Preis, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Säugetierkunde / Junior scientists award, German Society of Mammalogy (1988)

Contributor to "Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres" ("Der Mensch in seiner Welt") / "Science-book of the year", chosen by magazine "Bild der Wissenschaft" (1995)

Inge-und-Werner-Grüter Preis für Wissenschaftspublizistik im Stifterverband Deutsche Wissenschaft; prize for popularizing biological sciences; awarded for oeuvre; sponsored by Association of German Science Foundations (1997)

Honorary Conservation Fellow of the North of England Zoological Society (2008)

Ranked amongst the most influential German intellectuals (political magazine "Cicero") (2009)


Advisory Boards

Steering committee CEE (Center for Ecology and Evolution), London (1997-2005)

Council member, Primate Society of Great Britain (1998-2000)

Giordano-Bruno Foundation for Evolutionary Humanism, Germany (since 2004)

Section on Great Apes of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (SGA/SSC/IUCN) (since 2004)

International Steering Group, UCL (since 2009)


Editorial Boards

Kulturzeitschrift Das Plateau (since 1990)

Folia Primatologica (since 1999)

Primates (since 2003)

Current Zoology [formerly Acta Zoologica Sinica] (since 2008)

Erwägen – Wissen – Ethik [formerly Ethik & Sozialwissenschaften] (since 2008)


Peer Review

Journals: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Journal of Primatology, Animal Behaviour, Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, Conservation Biology, Ethology & Sociobiology, Ethology, Etica & Animali, Evolutionary Anthropology, Folia Primatologica, Human Evolution, International Journal of Primatology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Human Evolution, Primates, Proceedings of the Royal Society London (Biological Sciences), Psychologische Rundschau, Acta Zoologica Sinica

Publishers: e.g., Curzon, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Berlin Verlag, Radius Verlag

Grants: German Academic Exchange Service, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, German Research Council, Leakey Foundation, Earth Watch, NERC, Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, Conservation Awards Volkswagen Mexico, Research fellowships Emmanuel College & St John's College Cambridge, University of Leuven

Panels: VolkswagenStiftung (Ideenwettbewerb "Evolution" 2008; Panel "Evolutionary Biology" 2009, 2010)



BOOKS

V.Sommer_Nektar  



Sommer, V. (1983). Nektar der Unsterblichkeit. Poetische Annäherung an Indien. Stuttgart: Radius
V.Sommer_Yeti  



Sommer, V. (1986). Yeti Eine Erzählung. Stuttgart: Radius
V.Sommer_Die Rose V.Sommer_La Rosa



Heinz-Mohr, Gerd & Sommer, V. (1988). Die Rose. Entfaltung eines Symbols. Cologne: Diederichs. - Italian translation 1989: La Rosa - Storia Di Un Simbolo. Milano: Rusconi
V.Sommer_Die Affen  



Sommer, V. (1989). Die Affen. Unsere wilde Verwandtschaft. Hamburg: GEO / Gruner & Jahr
V.Sommer_Wider Die Natur  



Sommer, V. (1990). Wider die Natur ? Homosexualität und Evolution. Munich: C.H. Beck
Sommer & Kothe_01a Sommer & Kothe_02a



Köthe, Rainer & V. Sommer (as ghostwriter) (1991). Was ist Was? Der Urmensch. Nürnberg: Tessloff. - 2nd ed. 2003. Translations into Polish (2008), Hungarian (2008), Georgian (2008), Chinese (2010)
V.Sommer_Lob der Luge1 V.Sommer_Lob der Luge2



Sommer, V. (1992). Lob der Lüge. Täuschung und Selbstbetrug bei Tier und Mensch. Munich: C.H. Beck. – Spanish translation 1995: Elogio de la mentira. Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg / Circulo de Lectores; Italian translation 1998: Elogio della menzogna. Turin: Bollati Boringhieri
V.Sommer_Elogio de la Mentira V.Sommer_Elogio della Menzogna  
V.Sommer_Feste Mythen



Sommer, V. (1992). Feste - Mythen - Rituale. Warum die Völker feiern. Hamburg: GEO / Gruner & Jahr
V.Sommer_Helige Egoisten



Sommer, V. (1996). Heilige Egoisten. Die Soziobiologie indischer Tempelaffen. Munich: C.H. Beck
V.Sommer_Biologie des Menschen



Sommer, V. (ed.) (1996). Biologie des Menschen. Heidelberg: Spektrum der Wissenschaft
V.Sommer_Die Grossen Menschen Affen



Sommer, V. & Karl Ammann (photography) (1998). Die Grossen Menschenaffen: Orang-Utan, Gorilla, Schimpanse, Bonobo. Munich: BLV
V.Sommer_Von Menschen



Sommer, V. (1999). Menschen und andere Tiere. Essays zur Evolutionsbiologie. Stuttgart: Hirzel
V.Sommer_C.Vogel_Anthro-pologische



Christian Vogel (1999). Anthropologische Spuren. (edited & introduced by V. Sommer) Stuttgart: Hirzel (pdf)
V.Sommer_Das Grune



Sommer, V. (2002). Das grüne All. Ein Poem aus dem Regenwald. Stuttgart: Radius
Sommer_Homosexa



Sommer, V. & Paul Vasey (eds.) (2006). Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: Evolutionary Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press
V.Sommer_Darwinisch Denken



Sommer, V. (2007). Darwinisch denken. Horizonte der Evolutionsbiologie. Stuttgart: Hirzel (pdf)
V.Sommer_Schimpansenland



Sommer, V. (2008). Schimpansenland. Wildes Leben in Afrika. München: C. H. Beck (Deutschlandradio, Frankfurter Allgemeine, TAGBLATT / OSTSCHWEIZ)
V.Sommer&J.Hof_Menschenaffen



Hof, Jutta (photography) & V. Sommer (2010). Menschenaffen wie wir. Portraits einer Verwandtschaft. / Apes Like Us. Portraits of a Kinship. [Bilingual edition]. Mannheim: EditionPanorama
Primates_of_Gashaka



Sommer, V. & Caroline Ross (eds.) (2011). Primates of Gashaka: Socioecology and Conservation in Nigeria's Biodiversity Hotspot. (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects). Springer: New York




ARTICLES

Research Papers

Sommer, V. (1984). Kindestötungen bei indischen Langurenaffen (Presbytis entellus) - eine männliche Reproduktionsstrategie? Anthropologischer Anzeiger 42: 177-183

Sommer, V. & Surendra Mal Mohnot (1985). New observations on infanticides among hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus) near Jodhpur (Rajasthan / India). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 16: 245-248 (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1987). Infanticide among free-ranging langurs (Presbytis entellus) at Jodhpur (Rajasthan / India). Recent observations with a reconsideration of hypotheses. Primates 28: 163-197 (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1988). Male competition and coalitions in langurs (Presbytis entellus) at Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Human Evolution 3: 261-278 (pdf)

Agoramoorthy, Govindasamy; Surendra Mal Mohnot, V. Sommer & Arun Srivastava (1988). Abortions in free ranging Hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus) - A male induced strategy? Human Evolution 3: 297-308 (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1989). Infant mistreatment in langur monkeys - sociobiology tackled from the wrong end? Pp. 110-127 in: Anne E.O. Rasa, Christian Vogel & Eckart Voland (eds.), The Sociobiology of Sexual and Reproductive Strategies in Animals and Humans. London: Chapman and Hall (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1989). Sexual harassment in langur monkeys (Presbytis entellus). Competition for ova, sperm, and nurture? Ethology 80: 205-217 (pdf)

Sommer, V. & Lal Singh Rajpurohit (1989). Male reproductive success in harem troops of Hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus). International Journal of Primatology 10: 293-317 (pdf)

Rajpurohit, Lal Singh & V. Sommer (1991). Sex differences in mortality among langurs (Presbytis entellus) of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Folia Primatologica 56: 17-27 (pdf)

Borries, Carola; V. Sommer & Arun Srivastava (1991). Dominance, age, and reproductive success in free-ranging female Hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus). International Journal of Primatology 12: 231-257 (pdf)

Srivastava, Arun; Carola Borries & V. Sommer (1991). Homosexual mounting in free ranging female Hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus). Archives of Sexual Behavior 20: 487-512 (pdf)

Sommer, V.; Arun Srivastava & Carola Borries (1992). Cycles, sexuality, and conception in free-ranging female langurs (Presbytis entellus). American Journal of Primatology 28: 1-27 (pdf)

Böer, Michael & V. Sommer (1992). Evidence for sexually selected infanticide in captive Cercopithecus mitis, Cercocebus torquatus and Mandrillus leucophaeus. Primates 33: 557-563 (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1993). Father-son recognition in Hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus). A field experiment in India. Primates 34: 217-221 (pdf)

Rajpurohit, Lal Singh & V. Sommer (1993). Juvenile male emigration from one-male troops in Hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus) - a long-term study of intrasexual competition. Pp. 86-103 in: Michael Pereira & Lynn Fairbanks (eds.), Juvenile Primates: Life History, Development, and Behavior. New York: Oxford Univ. Press

Sommer, V. (1994). Infanticide among langurs of Jodhpur - Testing the sexual selection hypothesis with a long-term record. Pp. 155-198 in: Stefano Parmigiani & Fred vom Saal (eds.), Infanticide and Parental Care. (Proc. Intern. Center for Scientific Culture Ettore Majorana, Erice / Sicily, Italy) New York: Harwood Academic Publ

Borries, Carola; V. Sommer & Arun Srivastava (1994). Weaving a tight social net: Allogrooming in free-ranging female langurs (Presbytis entellus). International Journal of Primatology 15: 421-443 (pdf)

Reichard, Ulrich & V. Sommer (1994). Grooming site preferences in wild white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar). Primates 35: 369-374 (pdf)

Sommer, V. & Domingo Mendoza-Granados (1994). Play as an indicator of habitat quality: A field study of langur monkeys (Presbytis entellus). Ethology 98: 1-16 (pdf)

Mendoza-Granados, Domingo & V. Sommer (1995). Play in chimpanzees of the Arnhem Zoo: Self-serving compromises. Primates 36: 57-68 (pdf)

Rajpurohit, Lal Singh; V. Sommer & Surendra Mal Mohnot (1995). Wanderers between harems and bachelor bands: Male Hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus) at Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Behaviour 132: 255-299 (pdf I, pdf II)

Reichard, Ulrich & V. Sommer (1997). Group encounters in white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar): Agonism, affiliation, and the concept of infanticide. Behaviour 134: 1135-1174 (pdf)

Sommer, V. & Ulrich Reichard (2000). Rethinking monogamy: the gibbon case. Pp. 159-168 in: Peter Kappeler (ed.), Primate Socioecology - Causes and Consequences of Variation in the Number of Males. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press

Sommer, V. (2000). The holy wars about infanticide. Which side are you on? And why? Pp. 9-26 in: Carel van Schaik & Charles Janson (eds.), Infanticide by Males and its Implications. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press (pdf I, pdf II)

Uhde, Nicola & V. Sommer (2002). Anti-predatory behaviour in gibbons (Hylobates lar, Khao Yai / Thailand). Pp. 268-291 in: Lynne Miller (ed.), Eat or be eaten? Predation-Sensitive Foraging. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press (pdf)

Sommer, V.; Alison Denham, Katherine Little (2002). Post-conflict behaviour in wild Indian langur monkeys: Avoidance of opponents but rarely affinity. Animal Behaviour 63: 637-648 (pdf)

Little, Katherine & V. Sommer (2002). Changes of enclosure on langur monkeys: Implications for the evaluation of environmental enrichment. Zoo Biology 21: 549-559 (pdf)

Sommer, V.; Jeremiah Adanu, Isabelle Faucher & Andrew Fowler (2004). The Nigerian chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes vellerosus) at Gashaka: Two years of habituation efforts. Folia Primatologica 75: 295-316 (pdf)

Sommer, V.; Peter Schauer & Diana Kyriazis (2006). A wild mixture of motivations: Same-sex mounting in Indian langur monkeys. Pp. 238-272 in: V. Sommer & Paul Vasey (eds.). Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: Evolutionary Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (pdf)

Hohmann, Gottfried; Andrew Fowler, V. Sommer & Sylvia Ortmann (2006). Frugivory and gregariousness of Salonga bonobos and Gashaka chimpanzees: the abundance and nutritional quality of fruit. S. 123-159 in Gottfried Hohmann, Martha M. Robbins & Christophe Boesch (eds.), Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press

Fowler, Andrew; Yianna Koutsioni & V. Sommer (2007). Leaf-swallowing in Nigerian chimpanzees: Assumed evidence for self-medication. Primates 48: 73-76 (pdf)

Schöning, Caspar; Darren Ellis, Andrew Fowler & V. Sommer (2007). Army ant prey availability and consumption by chimpanzees at Gashaka (Nigeria). Journal of Zoology 271: 125-133 (pdf)

Fowler, Andrew & V. Sommer (2007). Subsistence technology in Nigerian chimpanzees. International Journal of Primatology 28: 997-1023 (pdf)

Higham, James P.; Ymke Warren, Jeremiah Adanu, Buba N. Umaru, Ann M. MacLarnon, V. Sommer & Caroline Ross (2009). Life on the edge: Life-history of olive baboons at Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria. American Journal of Primatology 71: 293-304 (pdf)

Sommer, V.; Caroline Ross (2011). Exploring and protecting West Africa's primates. The Gashaka Primate Project in context. Ch. 01 in V. Sommer & Caroline Ross (eds.), Primates of Gashaka. Socioecology and Conservation in Nigeria's Biodiversity Hotspot. (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects.) Springer: New York

Fowler, Andrew; Jeremiah Adanu, V. Sommer (2011). Hunters, fire, cattle. Conservation challenges in eastern Nigeria, with special reference to chimpanzees. Ch. 03 in V. Sommer & Caroline Ross (eds.), Primates of Gashaka. Socioecology and Conservation in Nigeria's Biodiversity Hotspot. (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects.) Springer: New York

Nyanganji, Gilbert; Andrew Fowler, Aylin McNamara, V. Sommer (2011). Monkeys and apes as animals and humans. Ethno-primatology in Nigeria's Taraba region. Ch. 04 in V. Sommer & Caroline Ross (eds.), Primates of Gashaka. Socioecology and Conservation in Nigeria's Biodiversity Hotspot. Springer: New York

Koutsioni, Yianna & V. Sommer (2011). The bush as pharmacy and supermarket. Plant use by human and non-human primates at Gashaka. Ch. 05 in V. Sommer & Caroline Ross (eds.), Primates of Gashaka. Socioecology and Conservation in Nigeria's Biodiversity Hotspot. Springer: New York

Schöning, Caspar; Andrew Fowler, Alejandra Pascual-Garrido, Umaru Buba, Sandra Tranquilli, Callistus Akosim & V. Sommer (2011). The material culture of Nigerian chimpanzees. A contribution to cultural primatology. Ch. 13 in V. Sommer & Caroline Ross (eds.), Primates of Gashaka. Socioecology and Conservation in Nigeria's Biodiversity Hotspot. Springer: New York

Sommer, V.; Jan Bauer, Andrew Fowler, Sylvia Ortmann (2011). Patriarchal chimpanzees, matriarchal bonobos. Potential ecological causes of a Pan dichotomy. Ch. 12 in V. Sommer & Caroline Ross (eds.), Primates of Gashaka. Socioecology and Conservation in Nigeria's Biodiversity Hotspot. Springer: New York

Hughes, Nicola; Norm Rosen, Neil Gretsky & V. Sommer (2011). Will the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee go extinct? Models derived from intake rates of ape sanctuaries. Ch. 14 in V. Sommer & Caroline Ross (eds.), Primates of Gashaka. Socioecology and Conservation in Nigeria's Biodiversity Hotspot. Springer: New York

Howarth, Helena, V. Sommer & Fiona Jordan (2010). Visual depictions of female genitalia differ depending on source: Implications for women seeking cosmetic surgery. Medical Humanities (BMJ)

King, Andrew J., Claire Narraway, Lindsay Hodgson, Aidan Weatherill, V. Sommer & Seirian Sumner (revision submitted). Actions speak louder than words in human collective behaviour. Biology Letters (pdf I, pdf II)



Review Articles

Sommer, V. (1987). Das Töten von Artgenossen. Kontroversen der Verhaltensforschung. Pp. 85-97 in: Heinrich Albertz (ed.), Die Zehn Gebote. Stuttgart: Radius, Bd. 6 (Du sollst nicht töten) (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1989). Das Selbst und die anderen. Zur Biologie der Nächstenliebe. Pp. 72-88 in: Heinrich Albertz (ed.), Die Zehn Gebote. Stuttgart: Radius, Bd. 11, (Du sollst deinen Nächsten lieben) (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1991). Rose und Eros. Schriftenreihe Rosenmuseum Steinfurth (ed. Sabine Kübler). Steinfurth: Rosenmuseum

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Sommer, V. (1992). Soziobiologie: Wissenschaftliche Innovation oder ideologischer Anachronismus? Pp. 51-73 in: Eckart Voland (ed.), Fortpflanzung: Natur und Kultur im Wechselspiel. Versuch eines Dialoges zwischen Biologen und Sozialwissenschaftlern. (Suhrkamp-Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 983). Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp (pdf)

Vogel, Christian & V. Sommer (1994). Drum prüfe, wer sich ewig bindet. Pp. 13-42 in Wulf Schiefenhövel, Christian Vogel, Gerhard Vollmer (eds.), Vom Affen zum Halbgott. Stuttgart: Trias

Sommer, V. (1994). Homo ludens. Spiel und Humor. Pp. 139-164 in Wulf Schiefenhövel, Christian Vogel, Gerhard Vollmer (eds.), Vom Affen zum Halbgott. Stuttgart: Trias

Sommer, V. (1993). Homosexualität und Evolution. Perspektiven der modernen Verhaltensbiologie. Pp. 7-47 in Ernst Peter Fischer (ed.), Mannheimer Forum 93/94 (founded by Hoimar v. Ditfurth). Munich: R. Piper

Sommer, V. (1993): Die evolutionäre Logik der Lüge bei Tier und Mensch. Hauptartikel - Kritiken - Replik in: Ethik und Sozialwissenschaften (Streitforum für Erwägungskultur) 4: 439-508

Sommer, V. (1993). Die Vergangenheit einer Illusion: Religion aus evolutionsbiologischer Sicht. Pp. 229-248 in Eckart Voland (ed.), Evolution und Anpassung - Warum die Vergangenheit die Gegenwart erklärt. Stuttgart: S. Hirzel (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1996). "Sind Affen denn auch Leute?" Ja. Denn zwischen Natur und Kultur fließen die Übergänge. Pp. 75-95 in: Paolo Cavalieri (ed.), The Great Ape Project Continues. Etica & Animali (special issue)

Sommer, V. (1998). Die Gene der Göttin. Einer Urreligion auf der Spur. Das Plateau 49: 4-20

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Sommer, V. (1999). "Das sogenannte Böse" des Konrad Lorenz: Gelesen für die Gegenwart. Pp. 23-35 in: Martin Kleer & Caspar Söling (eds.), Wie böse ist der Mensch? Paderborn: Bonifatius

Sommer, V. (2000). Von der Natur in der Kultur. Rituale aus evolutionsbiologischer Sicht. Pp. 29-40 in: Siegfried Fröhlich (ed.), Kultur - ein interdisziplinäres Kolloquium zur Begrifflichkeit, Halle (Saale), 18-21 Feb 1999 / Landesamt für Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte. Halle (Saale): Landesamt für Archäologie (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2000). Vom Ursprung der Religion im Konfliktfeld der Geschlechter. Pp. 66-81 in: Sigurd Martin Daecke & Jürgen Schnakenberg (eds.), Gottesglaube - ein Selektionsvorteil? Religion in der Evolution. Natur- und Geisteswissenschaftler im Gespräch. Gütersloh: Chr. Kaiser / Gütersloher Verlagshaus (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2001). Schlange, Adler, Affe & Co. Tierkult und Tierschutz im Hinduismus. Pp. 177-193 in: ZDF nachtstudio (ed.), Mensch und Tier. Geschichte einer heiklen Beziehung. Frankfurt / M.: Suhrkamp (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2002). Der "nackte Affe" in neuem Licht. Sexualbiologie von Menschen und anderen Primaten. Pp. 82-90 in: Wilhelm R. Baier & Franz M. Wuketits (eds.), Mann und Frau. Der Mensch als geschlechtliches Wesen. Graz: Leykam (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2003). Geistlose Affen oder äffische Geistwesen? Eine Exkursion durch die mentale Welt unserer Mitprimaten. Pp. 112-136 in: Alexander Becker, C. Mehr, H. H. Nau, G. Reuter & Dagmar Stegmüller (eds.), Gene, Meme und Gehirne. Geist und Gesellschaft als Natur. Frankfurt / M.: Suhrkamp

Sommer, V. (2003). "Wissenschaft ist Politik". Postmoderne Vorwürfe an die Evolutionsbiologie. Pp. 277-305 in: Wolfgang Buschlinger & Christoph Luetge (eds.), Kaltblütig. Philosophie von einem rationalen Standpunkt. Festschrift für Gerhard Vollmer zum 60. Geburtstag. Stuttgart: Hirzel (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2003). Zwischen Kooperation und Konkurrenz. Erkenntnisse der Biologie über naturgegebene Grenzen von Solidarität. Pp. 1-13 (plus discussion, pp. 14-31) in Johannes Müller & Michael Reder (eds.), Der Mensch vor der Herausforderung nachhaltiger Solidarität. (Vol. 9, Veröffentlichungen der Rottendorf-Stiftung an der Hochschule für Philosophie, München) Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer

Sommer, V. (2004). Gene einen - Vorurteile trennen. Ein Denkstück zum Rassismus. Das Plateau 83: 4-24

Sommer, V. (2005). Theodizee und Genodizee. Warum ist die Welt voll Leid? Pp. 68-91 in: P. Weingartner (ed.), Das Problem des Übels in der Welt. (Veröfflichungen des Internationalen Forschungszentrums für Grundfragen der Wissenschaften Salzburg, Vol. 13). Salzburg: Peter Lang (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2005). Warum gefällt der Pfauenmann durch bunte Augen und die Menschenfrau durch Schminke? Pp. 37-48 in: Johann Grolle (ed.), Evolution. Wege des Lebens. Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt: München & Deutsches Hygiene-Museum: Dresden

Vasey, Paul & V. Sommer (2006). Homosexual behaviour in animals. Topics, hypotheses, and research trajectories. Pp. 3-42 in: V. Sommer & Paul Vasey (eds.). Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: Evolutionary Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2006). Against nature?! An epilogue about animal sex and the moral dimension. Pp. 365-371 in: V. Sommer & Paul Vasey (eds.), Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: Evolutionary Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2007). Warum Rituale wirken. Die natürlichen Wurzeln eines kulturellen Phänomens. Pp. 41-50 in: Heinrich Schmidinger & Clemens Sedmak (ed.), Der Mensch - ein animal symbolicum? Sprache – Dialog – Ritual / Bd. 4, Topologien des Menschlichen, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft

Sommer, V. (2007). Kultur in der Natur. Wie Tiere Traditionen pflegen. Das Plateau 102: 5-26

Sommer, V. (2008). Die Krise des Festes: Urbedürfnis nach teuren Signalen? Critique of Michael Maurer, Feste in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Erwägen - Wissen - Ethik 19: 249-251

Sommer, V. (2009). Menschenaffen wie wir. Plädoyer für eine radikale evolutionäre Anthropologie. Biologie in unserer Zeit 39: 196-204 (pdf1, pdf2)

Sommer, V. (2010). Evolution ernst nehmen. Pp. 39-58 in: Joachim Öhler (ed.), Der Mensch - Evolution, Natur und Kultur. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2010). The anthropologist as a primatologist. Mental journeys of a fieldworker. Pp. 32-48 in: Jeremy MacClancy & Agustín Fuentes (eds.), Centralizing Fieldwork. Critical perspectives from primatology and biological anthropology in the lens of social anthropological theory and practice. (Proceedings, conference on "Fieldwork", 05-06May06, Dept. of Anthropology, Oxford Brookes Univ., UK) Oxford: Berghahn (pdf)

Sommer, V. & Amy Parish (2010). Living differences. The paradigm of animal cultures. Pp. 17-31 in: Ulrich Frey, Charlotte Störmer & Kai Willführ (eds.), Homo Novus – A Human Without Illusions. The Frontiers Collection. Heidelberg: Springer (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2010 / in press). Teure Signale. Zur Evolutionsbiologie von Ritualen. Spektrum der Wissenschaft (Sonderheft / Special edition "Rituale") (pdf)



Newspapers & Magazines

Sommer, V. (1984). Kindesmord bei Affen. Bild der Wissenschaft 10: 72-82

Sommer, V. (1984). Zurück auf die Bäume. Im Orang-Utan Zentrum auf Sumatra werden zahme Affen an die Wildnis gewöhnt. DIE ZEIT 44: 90

Sommer, V. (1986). Der Yeti muß gefunden werden. Die Geschichte einer Expedition durch den Himalaya, die mit der Überzeugung endete, der Wahrheit näher gekommen zu sein. DIE ZEIT 21: 78

Schilling, Detlef & V. Sommer (1986). Gibbons im thailändischen Regenwald: Sie singen, schwingen und springen. Bild der Wissenschaft 4: 60-74

Sommer, V. (1988). Babysitter gesucht ! Verwandtschaftshilfe unter Grauen Languren. Kosmos 6: 74-80

Sommer, V. (1989). Die Affen. Unsere wilde Verwandtschaft. GEO 10: 164-188

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Sommer, V. (1989). Pakte, die der Paarung dienen. Sexualität und Fortpflanzung bei Primaten. GEO-Wissen 1 (Sex - Geburt - Genetik): 132-141. (2nd ed. 1993, new edition 1998)

Sommer, V. (1989). Lügen haben lange Beine. Information und Manipulation von Artgenossen. GEO-Wissen 2 (Kommunikation): 148-157

Sommer, V. (1990). Sozialverhalten indischer Languren. Mitteilungen der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (AvH-Magazin) 56: 3-16

Sommer, V. (1990). Das schöpferische Spiel. GEO-Wissen 2 (Chaos - Kreativität - Ordnung): 64-70

Sommer, V. (1990). Das Tabu. Homosexuelle Tiere. natur 10: 54-58

Sommer, V. (1991). Erfolg mit Masse und mit Klasse. GEO 1 (Schwerpunkt Bevölkerungsexplosion): 62-70

Sommer, V. (1991). Die Erfindung der Großmutter. GEO-Wissen 1 (Altern und Jugendwahn): 134-146

Sommer, V. (1991). Unser Vetter aus Zaire. Kosmos 5: 24-29

Sommer, V. (1991). Arten: Trennung ist aller Vielfalt Anfang. GEO-Wissen 3 (Landwirtschaft und Biotechnik): 38-41

Sommer, V. (1992). Feste - Mythen - Rituale. Warum die Völker feiern. GEO 11: 12-34

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Sommer, V. (2000). Bald sind wir allein. Die Menschenaffen sterben - ein Verwandtschaftsbesuch in Nigeria. Die Welt 09Sep00: 3 (Literarische Welt)

Sommer, V. (2002). In divine company. India's langur monkeys. BBC Wildlife Magazine (pdf I, pdf II)

Sommer, V. (2003). "Stress macht eher schwul." Zu Ursachen und Funktion der Homosexualität. Weltwoche (Switzerland) 5 (March): 68f

Sommer, V. (2003). Bruder Affe. Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Lead essay for "Wir Affen. Der Mensch und seine Verwandten". NZZ Folio (August): 14-18 (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2003). "Wir sind alle Afrikaner." Die moderne Genetik macht dem Rassekonzept den Garaus. Weltwoche (Switzerland) 31 (August): 4f (pdf I, pdf II)

Sommer, V. (2005). Wenn "Nein" keine Antwort ist. Zur Naturgeschichte der sexuellen Nötigung. Weltwoche 11: 66f (pdf)

Sommer, V. & Carsten Schradin (2006). "Ach, Männer..." Zur Biologie der Vaterrolle. Weltwoche 26: 46-48 (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2007). Kultur in der Natur. Wie Tiere Traditionen pflegen. Das Plateau 102

Sommer, V. (2008). Welcher Affe steckt in uns? Schimpansen oder Bonobos. Bild der Wissenschaft 4: 2-9 (pdf I, pdf II)

Sommer, V. (2009). Menschen und andere Tiere. Frankfurter Rundschau 10 Jul 09

Sommer, V. (2009). Affe, Pinguin & Co. Bei Tieren ist Homosex ganz normal. Bild der Wissenschaft 11: 72-75

Sommer, V. (2010). Warum wir einen evolutionären Humanismus brauchen. GEO Forum (October) (pdf)



Book reviews

Sommer, V. (1983). Sprung statt Wandel. Steven Stanleys Evolutionsfahrplan. DIE ZEIT 42: 38. [Review of: Steven Stanley (1983), Der neue Fahrplan der Evolution. Fossilien, Gene und der Ursprung der Arten. München: Harnack.] (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1984). Das krumme Ding mit der Intelligenz. Stephen Jay Goulds Abrechnung mit den Intelligenzforschern aus zwei Jahrhunderten. DIE ZEIT 16: 30. [Review of: Stephen Jay Gould (1983), Der falsch vermessene Mensch, Basel: Birkhäuser.] (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1989). Anthropologischer Anzeiger 47: 87-88. [Review of: Laura Betzig, Monique Borgerhoff-Mulder & Paul Turke (eds.) (1988), Human Reproductive Behaviour. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.] (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1989). Anthropologischer Anzeiger 47: 252-254. [Review of: Rolf Löther (ed.) (1988), Tiersozietäten und Menschengesellschaften. Jena: G. Fischer.] (pdf)

Sommer, V. (1991). natur 6: 94-99. [Review of: Frans de Waal (1991), Wilde Diplomaten. Versöhnung und Entspannungspolitik bei Affen und Menschen. München: Hanser.]

Sommer, V. (1997). Kratze einen Altruisten. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 24.11.97. [Review of: Matt Ridley (1997). Die Biologie der Tugend. Berlin: Ullstein. Original: The Origins of Virtue. 1996] - Partial reprint: P. 46 in: Dieter Kopriwa (ed.), Freiheit und Determination. München: Bayerischer Schulbuch-Verlag (1997)

Sommer, V. (1998). Wer hat die Kokosnuß geklaut? Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.04.98. [Review of: Robin Dunbar (1998). Klatsch und Tratsch. Wie der Mensch zur Sprache fand. München: C. Bertelsmann. Original: Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language. London: Faber & Faber, 1996.] - Reprint pp. 829-830 in: FAZ (ed.), Ein Büchertagebuch. Frankfurt / Main (1998)

Sommer, V. (1999). Spektrum der Wissenschaft, August, pp. 105f. [Review of: Dieter Neumann, Arno Schöppe & Alfred K. Treml (eds.) (1999). Die Natur der Moral. Evolutionäre Ethik und Erziehung. Hirzel (Edition Universitas); Stuttgart und Leipzig]

Sommer, V. & Andrew Fowler (1999). Animal Behaviour 58: 917-918 [Review of: Craig Stanford (1998). Chimpanzee and Red Colobus. The Ecology of Predator and Prey. Cambridge / MA, London: Harvard Univ. Press]

Sommer, V. (2000). Mauer im Gutmenschenkopf. Der Spiegel 16: 262f [Review of: Randy Thornhill & Craig Palmer (2000). A Natural History of Rape. Cambridge: MIT Press]

Sommer, V. (2002). Universitas, January (No. 667 / 57. Jg.) [Review of Richard Wrangham & Dale Peterson (2001). Bruder Affe. Menschenaffen und die Ursprünge menschlicher Gewalt. München: Hugendubel (Diederichs). - Original: Demonic Males. Apes and the Origins of Human Violence. London: Bloomsbury, 1996]

Sommer, V. & Andrew Fowler (2006). Environmental Conservation 33: 172 [Review of: Julian Caldecott & Vera Miles (eds.) (2005). World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation. Los Angeles: Univ. of California Press] (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2008). Folia Primatologica 79: 52-53 [Review of: Susan Hurley & Matthew Nudds (eds.) (2006). Rational Animals? Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press] (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2009). The field workers' wild truths. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. [Review of: Amada Rees (2009). The Infanticide Controversy, Primatology and the Art of Field Science. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press] (pdf)

Sommer, V. (2009). Kein Wir-Gefühl im Pongoland. Frankfurter Rundschau 27 Sep 09 [Review of Michael Tomasello (2009), Die Ursprünge der menschlichen Kommunikation. Berlin: Suhrkamp / Insel. - Original: The Origins of Human Communication. Cambridge / MA, London / UK: MIT Press] (pdf)




MEDIA PRESENCE

Filmography

VS_2007_b

- Documentaries about Volker Sommer's work. Produced by German public television ARD [Allgemeine Rundfunkanstalten Deutschland]; typically aired at prime-time, with numerous repeat broadcasts

Research on Asia's small apes: "Von Affenliebe und Affentreue. Gibbons in Thailands Regenwald". 22-min documentary for series "Zoo & Co", Bayerischer Rundfunk; author Felix Heidinger, editor Udo Zimmermann; first aired Feb96; additional 45-min adaptation for series "Zuflucht Wildnis", ARD, first aired Aug96

Biology of myths and rituals: "Von der Natur in der Kultur. Die Biologie von Mythen und Ritualen". 45-min documentary for series "Teleakademie", Südwest-Rundfunk (SWR); first aired10Jan98

Socioecology of Indian temple monkeys: "Die Herrscher der blauen Stadt. Tempelaffen in Indien". 22-min documentary for series "Zoo & Co", Bayerischer Rundfunk; author Felix Heidinger, editor Udo Zimmermann; first aired 26Jun00

India's sacred animals: "Indiens heilige Tiere". 45-min documentary for series "Zuflucht Wildnis", ARD / Bayerischer Rundfunk; author Felix Heidinger, editor Udo Zimmermann; first aired Apr00

Biodiversity and conservation in West Africa: "Der Affenwald von Gashaka. Forschung in Nigerias Wildnis". 45-min documentary for series "Zuflucht Wildnis", ARD / Bayerischer Rundfunk; author Felix Heidinger, editor Udo Zimmermann; first aired Aug03

Nigeria's Primate Paradise". 25-min educational video for conservation activities in Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria; authored and produced by V. Sommer, Felix Heidinger & Bayerischer Rundfunk; 2003

Life and philosophy of Volker Sommer: "Ich bin ein Affenmensch. Der Weltenbürger Volker Sommer". 45-min documentary for ARTE (German-French culture channel); authored by Anja Krug-Metzinger; first aired Oct10

- Documentaries developed and presented by Volker Sommer. Strategies of love, strategies of life: "Strategien der Liebe, Strategien des Lebens". For German public television ARD (Allgemeine Rundfunkanstalten Deutschland), Volker Sommer developed and presented 3 miniseries of two parts each on the topic of evolutionary anthropology. Author Felix Heidinger, editors Reinhold Gruber, Udo Zimmermann. Length per part: 45-min, with numerous repeat broadcasts across the ARD regional network

Mate choice: "Partnerwahl & Evolution". Part 1: "Damenwahl bei den Herrentieren". Part 2: "Gene, Sex und Seitensprung" --- Volker Sommer presents the research of: Prof. Karl Grammer, Wien; Dr. Astrid Jütte, Wien; Prof. Harald Euler, Kassel; Dr. Victor Oubaid, Hamburg; Prof. Kerrin Christiansen, Hamburg; Prof. Ronald Henss, Saarbrücken; Zoo Apenheul; first aired Sep02

Parenting: "Elternverhalten & Evolution". Part 3: "Väter, Mütter, Steinzeitbabys". Part 4: "Söhne, Töchter, Kuckuckskinder" --- Volker Sommer presents the research of: PD Gabriele Haug-Schnabel, Freiburg; Dr. Joachim Bensel, Kandern; Prof. Heidi Keller, Osnabrück; Dr. Jan Beise, Rostock; Prof. Eckart Voland, Gießen; first aired Aug04

Intelligence: "Intelligenz & Evolution". Part 5: "Ein Lob auf die Lüge?". Part 6: "Gelobt sei, was schlau macht..." --- Volker Sommer presents the research of: Prof. Werner Kotrschal & co-workers, Konrad-Lorenz Forschungsstelle Grünau; Dr. Judith Burkart, Zurich; Dr. Josep Call & working group, MPI EVA & Zoo, Leipzig; Prof. Jochen Mecke, Regensburg; Prof. Redouan Bshary, Neuchatel; first aired Aug07



Radio
(R) & Television (T) Appearances

- As guest in talk-shows, science-programmes, commentaries; channels based in Germany, if not indicated otherwise

(R) "Aus Kirche und Welt", HR (27Jul83)

(R) "WissenschaftsEditors", RIAS 1 (06Dec89)

(R) Deutschlandfunk (Dec90)

(R) "Das Radioskop", HR (30Dec90)

(R) "Daheim & Unterwegs", WDR (1991)

(R) "Die Aula", Südwestfunk Radio (16Dec91)

(R) Deutschlandradio (1992)

(R) MDR (1992)

(R) "Eckpunkt", Süddeutscher Rundfunk 2 (1992)

(R) "Hallo Ü-Wagen", WDR (27Feb92)

(T) "Buchladen", WDR 3 (02Apr92)

(R) Sender Freies Berlin (13May92)

(R) "Global", RIAS Berlin (15May92)

(R) WDR, Hörfunk (22May92)

(R) "Wissenschaftsjournal", Norddeutscher Rundfunk (20Jun92)

(R) "Budengasse", WDR (24Jun92)

(R) "Daheim & Unterwegs", WDR (26Jun92)

(T) "Forscher - Fakten - Visionen", BR (Jul92)

(T) "Lese-Zeichen Politik", BR (05Jul92)

(R) "Europaprogramm", Deutschlandfunk (15Jul92)

(R) "Meinung über Bücher", WDR Hörfunk (24Jul92)

(R) "Das Büchermagazin", Radio Bremen (26Jul92)

(R) "Wissenschaft", Sender Freies Berlin (31Jul92)

(R) "S2 Buchzeit", Südwestfunk (01Sep92)

(R) "Büchermarkt", Deutschlandfunk (12Sep92)

(R) "S2 Buchzeit", Süddeutscher Runkfunk (19Nov92)

(T) "NDR Talkshow", NDR (03Dec92)

(R) "Fragen an den Autor", Saarländischer Rundfunk (06Dec92)

(R) "Das Buch", Deutschlandsender Kultur (22Dec92)

(R) "Lesezeichen", NDR 4 (21Mar93)

(R) "Politik", SDR (29Mar93)

(R) "Am Morgen", SWF 2 (27May93)

(R) "Fragen an den Autor", Saarländischer Rundfunk (13Jun93)

(T) "0137", Premiere (17Jun93)

(T) "stern tv", SAT 1 (Jul93 and highlights of the year)

(R) "Kaleidoskop", WDR (28Jun93, 12Jul93)

(T) "Gottschalk Late Night", RTL (19Oct93)

(T) "Forscher - Fakten - Visionen", BR (Apr94)

(R) ÖRF / Austria (07May94)

(T) "Prime Time - Spätausgabe", RTL (15May94)

(R) "Das!", NDR (26May94)

(T) "Panorama," ARTE (1996)

(T) "Wunder der Erde", ARD (16Sep96)

(T) "Bärbel Schäfer", RTL (03Dec96)

(R) "Lesezeichen", NDR 4 (22Dec96)

(R) "Kakadu", Deutschlandradio (09Feb97)

(R) HR (10Feb97)

(R) WDR 5 (10Feb97)

(R) "Forum Buch & Leser", Saarländischer Rundfunk (14Feb97)

(T) "Schreinemakers Live", RTL (10Apr97)

(R) MDR (Jun97)

(T) "Prime Time - Spätausgabe", RTL (Jul97)

(T) "Mitternachtsmagazin", VOX (Aug97)

(T) "10 vor 11", RTL (18Aug97)

(T) Talkshow, ARD (22Sep97)

(R) WDR (27Sep97)

(R) Deutschlandsender Kultur (Dec97)

(R) WDR 5 (22Dec97, 23Feb98)

(T) "nachtstudio", ZDF (24Feb98)

(T) "Forscher - Fakten - Visionen", BR (18Apr98)

(T) "Wissenschaftsgespräch", BR (17Jul98; alpha 22Nov98)

(R) Zeitfragen-Streitfragen, WDR 3 (29Nov98)

(R) "Leonardo - Wissenschaft und mehr...", WDR 5 (10Dec98)

(T) "Galileo", ProSieben (Jul99)

(T) "Forscher-Fakten-Visionen", BR (Nov99)

(R) Yola Radio Taraba / Nigeria (23Jan00)

(R) "Leonardo", WDR 5 (10Apr00)

(T) "nachtstudio", ZDF (17May00)

(R) Radio Sweden / Uppsala, Sweden (20May00)

(T) "Thema Vergewaltigung", ARD (03Jul01)

(T) "37 Grad plus", ZDF (07Aug01)

(T) "Grenzspiele", 3sat (Dez03), ZDF-Digital (Feb03)

(R) "Standpunkte", ÖRF / Austria (Mar06)

(T) "Richard & Judy", ITV / UK (Aug06)

(R) SWR2 Zeitgenossen (06Feb05)

(T) "nachtstudio, ZDF (14Nov07)

(T) "Buchzeit", 3sat (13Mar08)

(R) "Leonardo", WDR 5 (28 Mar 08)

(R) Deutschlandfunk (06 Apr 08)

(T) "Planet Wissen", WDR (11Jun08)

(R) "Redezeit", WDR 5 (13Jun08)

(R) "Doppelkopf", HR 2 (09Sep08) (m42)

(T) "scobel", 3sat (30Oct08)

(T) "nachtstudio, ZDF (17May09)

(R) "Funkhausgespräch", WDR 5 (12Nov09) (mp3)

(T) "Planet Wissen", Südwestfunk (15Dec09)

(T) "Sternstunde Philosophie", Schweizer Fernsehen 1 / Switzerland (24May09)

(T) "scobel", 3sat (14Oct10)

(R) "Forum", BBC World Service / UK (01Dec10)



Radio Segments

"Drum prüfe, wer sich ewig bindet" (1994). Volker Sommer & Christian Vogel. Funkkolleg Anthropologie, ARD; 60 min

"Homo ludens. Spiel und Humor" (1994). Funkkolleg Anthropologie, ARD; 60 min

"Feste feiern wie sie fallen" (1998). "Glaubensfragen", Hessischer Rundfunk; 25 min (25Dec98)

"Die Rose. Entfaltung eines Symbols" (1999). Hessischer Rundfunk; 45 min

"Evolutionsbiologische Glossen" (2000). "5 vor 6", SWR; 5 pieces of 5 min (01-06 Dec 00)

"Der Affe als Mensch oder der Mensch als Affe? Warum die Evolutionsbiologie unsere Sicht vom Tier verändert" (2004). Aula, SWR2, 30 min (23May04) (rtf)

"Ganz schön klug und clever. Warum Affen lügen können" (2005). Aula, SWR2, 30 min (15May05) (rtf) (aiff)

"Wir alle sind Afrikaner. Warum der Begriff 'Rasse' sinnlos geworden ist" (2007). Aula, SWR2 , 30 min (12Aug07) (rtf)

"Vorbei mit den Grenzen. Warum sich der Mensch nur graduell vom Tier unterscheidet" (2009). Aula, SWR2, 30 min (22Nov09) (mp3)

"War Flipper schwul? Homosexualität bei Tieren" (2010). Aula, SWR2, 30 min (07Feb10) (mp3)



Exhibitions

Galerie Esther Schippe & Michael Krome, Cologne / Germany (1994). Carsten Höller, DU YOU (30Apr-15Jun94). Installation by V. Sommer & Amy Parish

Kunstverein Wolfsburg / Germany (2003). Marion Porten, Skulptur "Wunderwelt Verhaltensforschung" (Jan-Mar03). Essay "Die Natur und die Verhaltensforschung", Catalog p. 19

Hygienemuseum Dresden / Germany (2002). "Sex - vom Wissen und Wünschen". Exponat Sexualbiologie Primaten

Hygienemuseum Dresden / Germany (2005) (Florence / Italy, Kerkrade / Netherlands, 2006-2010). Evolution. Wege des Lebens. Exponat "Schimpansentechnologie in Nigeria"

Museum of Sex, New York / USA (2008-2009). The Sex Live of Animals. Photos & text about homosexual behaviour in monkeys (pdf)

GV Art Gallery, London / UK (2010). Katherine Dowson, Relics of the Mind (17Sep– 06Nov10). Catalog essay: How memory creates identity



Interviews

R = Radio

P = Print-Media

I = Internet

(P) "Ich bin ein Affenmensch". Dossier, Die Zeit (Dec00) (pdf)

(R) "Volker Sommer. Der Primatologe und Anthropologe im Gespräch mit Ralf Caspary". Zeitgenossen, SWR2 (06Jun05)

(R) "Der Eigennutz treibt alle Primaten duchs Leben. Der Anthropologe Volker Sommer im Gespräch". Menschenbilder, Radio Österreich 1 (19Feb06; highlight of OE1, ORF.at: repeat as "Wir und andere Kulturwesen", 18May08) (pdf)

(R) "Der Primatenforscher Volker Sommer über das Recht auf Leben, die Jagd auf Buschfleisch und den Untergang der Menschenaffen" natur+kosmos (Aug08)

(P) Berliner Zeitung (06Mar08)

(P) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (26Mar08)

(T) "Wir sind Menschenaffen". Michael Pfister im Gespräch mit Volker Sommer. Sternstunde Philosophie, Schweizer Fernsehen 1 (24May09)

(T) "Wir Menschenaffen". Planet Wissen, Südwestfunk (www.planet-wissen.de/sendungen/2010/02/04_menschenaffen.jsp) (15Dec09)

(I) "Protecting the primates of Gashaka". UCLTV Video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTAL2Txcf3g&feature=channel) (13May10)

(I) "Homosexuality, morality & nature". UCLTV Mini-lecture (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5wLvwqnn2M) (23Jun10)

(P) Frankfurter Rundschau, Berliner Zeitung (2010)




TALKS

Darwin-Diary. The bi-centenary of Darwin's birth and 150th anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species" in the year 2009 has increased public interest in topics related to evolution even further. The run-up to and knock-on effects of the jubilee have lead to dozens of invitations across Europe for talks as well as radio and TV appearances - including a 45-min TV-documentary about Volker Sommer's work and philosophy that will air on the culture channel ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne - Franco-German TV network). Volker Sommer developed a special presentation for these occasions - "Apes Like Us. Confessions of a Primatologist" - which includes extraordinary portraits by the gifted photographer Jutta Hof. Variations of this topic will be adapted for the specific events. The main thrust is to question the traditional human/animal dichotomy, to argue for a fundamental gradualist paradigm informed by modern Darwinian thinking, and to promote a secular evolutionary humanism.

Key

T = Television

R = Radio

S = Symposium

V = Public Talk

D = Panel-Discussion

P = Print-Media

I = Internet

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(D) HANNOVER 08Apr08 Jury Ideenwettbewerb "Evolution heute", VolkswagenStiftung

(S) SCHLOSS SCHNEY 01-04May08 "Wohin brachte uns Charles Darwin?", Freie Akademie

(V) KÖLN / Cologne 16Jan08 Philosophisches Seminar der Universität

(T) DORTMUND 28May08 "Planet Wissen", WDR

(S) FULLERTON, California 12 Apr08 Southern California Primate Forum

(R) KÖLN / Cologne 13Jun08 "Redezeit", WDR 5

(V) GIESSEN 01Jul08 Ringvorlesung Universität, "Der Mensch - Nichts als Natur ? Die Humana im Spiegel der Wissenschaften"

(V) LÜBECK 11Jul08 Studium Generale der Universität, "Mensch - Evolution - Genom"

(S) GORIZIA / Trieste 04Oct08 "Human Beings: Theological, philosophical and scientific perspectives", Sophia Europa / Xavier Tilliette Institute

(T) MAINZ 30Oct08 3-sat "Scobel", "Menschenaffen - Affenmenschen" (www.3sat.de/page/?source=/scobel/127293/index.html)

(I) FRANKFURT am Main 21Nov08 F.A.Z. online Interview "Primaten wie wir"

(V) HEIDELBERG 07Dec08 Sonntags-Matinee, Zoologisches Institut der Universität

(S) LONDON 31Jan09 "Exploring and Protecting Nigeria's Biodiversity Hotspot", 3rd Field Day of Gashaka Primate Project, UCL

(S) SCHLOSS VELEN, 27Feb09 Status-Symposium Initiative Evolutionsbiologie, VolkswagenStiftung

(V) LONDON 02Mar09 Darwin-Seminars, Institute of Archaeology, UCL

(V) CAMBRIDGE 05Mar09 Cambridge University Biological Anthropology Student Society, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies

(D) FRANKFURT am Main 24Apr09 Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut & Naturkundemuseum / The Boston Consulting Group

(V) NORTHAMPTON 29Apr09 Psychology Research Seminars, University

(T) BERLIN 17May09 Talkshow ZDF "nachtstudio": "Gefühle"

(V) GRAZ 12May09 Kunsthaus Exhibition "gorillagorillagorilla" (Diana Thater)

(V) DORTMUND 18May09 Kolloquium "Biologie und Gesellschaft", Technische Universität

(V) GÖTTINGEN 20May09 Kinder-Universität / Children's University, Georg-August Universität

(V) GÖTTINGEN 20May09 Kinder-Universität für Erwachsene / Children's University for Adults, Aula, Georg-August Universität

(S) WIEN / Vienna 21May09 7. Wiener Symposium "Psychoanalyse und Körper"

(T) ZÜRICH / Zurich 24May09 "Sternstunde Philosophie", Schweizer Fernsehen 1

(V) LONDON 09Jun09 "Science & Politics", RAG (Radical Anthropology Group) & University of East London

(S) MÜNCHEN / Munich 17Jun09 Regionalkonferenz "Bologna - Zukunft der Lehre", Technische Universität München / Volkswagenstiftung / Mercator-Stiftung, Ehrensaal des Deutschen Museums

(P) PUBLICATION Jun09 "Wir sind Menschenaffen" - Volker Sommers Titel-Essay im "Darwin-Heft" von "Biologie in unserer Zeit" (Vol. 39: pp. 2-10) [Essay "We Are Apes", "Darwin-Issue" of "Biology in Our Times"]. BIUZ ist das Organ des VBIOL (Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin in Deutschland) ISSN 0045-205X

(V) BAMBERG 25Jun09 Hegelwoche 2009 Philosophisches Institut der Universität (pdf)

(R) KASSEL, 01Jul09 Südwestfunk, "Die Aula": "Menschenaffen wie wir"

(P) PUBLICATION 10Jul09 "Menschen und andere Tiere", Essay, Frankfurter Rundschau

(V) POTSDAM 08 Jul09 Einsteinforum

(S) FREIBURG im Breisgau 16/17Jul09 "Evolution. Karrieren eines wissenschaftlichen Paradigmas"; Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität

(S) TÜBINGEN 31Jul09 "Human Nature and Self-Design", Interdepartmental Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, Eberhard-Karls Universität

(P) CICERO Intellektuellen-Ranking 2009 des Politik-Magazin "Cicero", 15Sep09: Volker Sommer zählt zu den einflussreichsten Intellektuellen Deutschlands [Political magazine "Cicero" ranks Volker Sommer amongst the most influential intellectuals in Germany]

(S) MASTERSHAUSEN 25-27Sep09 Beiratstreffen / Advisory Board "Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung" zur Förderung des evolutionären Humanismus / evolutionary humanism

(V) ZÜRICH / Zurich, 20Oct09 Herbstsemester "Darwin zu Ehren – Evolution", Zoologische Gesellschaft Zürich, Universität Zürich

(V) CAMBRIDGE 04Nov09 Student Science Society, Pembroke College

(S) DRESDEN 06Nov09 "Darwin, die Evolution und unser Bild vom Menschen", Deutsches Hygienemuseum & Universität

(V) DRESDEN 09Nov09 Kinder-Universität / Children's University, Deutsches Hygienemuseum Dresden

(V) FRANKFURT am Main, 10Nov09 Begleitvortrag, Ausstellung / Exhibition "Safari zum Urmenschen", Senckenberg-Museum

(R) KÖLN / Cologne 12Nov09 "Funkhausgespräch", Philosophisches Streitgespräch, Kleiner Sendesaal, WDR 5

(V) MÜNSTER 13Nov09 Institute for Evolution & Biodiversity, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität

(S) BRAUNSCHWEIG 21-22Nov09 51. Phylogenetisches Symposium, Darwins Origin of Species im Lichte heutiger Forschung", Haus der Wissenschaft

(V, D) ZÜRICH / Zurich 26Nov09 „Sternwarten-Gespräch“, Abteilung Kultur, Schweizer Fernsehen, Semper-Sternwarte, Collegium Helveticum, Universität & Eidgenössisch Technische Hochschule

(S) HANNOVER 11Dec09 ExpoWal, Abschlussveranstaltung Ideenwettbewerb "Evolution heute", VolkswagenStiftung

(R) BADEN-BADEN 15Dec09 Südwestfunk, "Die Aula": "Homosexualität und Evolution"

(T) BADEN-BADEN 15Dec09 Südwestfunk, "Planet Wissen": "Wir Menschenaffen" (www.planet-wissen.de/sendungen/2010/02/04_menschenaffen.jsp)

(S) HANNOVER 04-05Feb10 Auswahlsitzung, Initiative Evolutionsbiologie, VolkswagenStiftung

(V) LUXEMBOURG 06Feb10 Laizistenvereinigung "Libco" (Liberté de conscience), Abbaye de Neumünster

(V) FRANKFURT 08Feb10 Wipprecht Stiftung, Palmengarten

(I) UCLTV 13May10 Video "Protecting the primates of Gashaka" (www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTAL2Txcf3g&feature=channel)

(V) BIELEFELD 19May10 Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Studien der Universität Bielefeld

(V) BERLIN 20May10 DFG Sonderforschungsbereich "Ritualdynamik" & 14. Berliner Kolloquium der Gottlieb Daimler- & Karl Benz-Stiftung

(V) WUPPERTAL 30May10 Junior Uni, Wuppertaler Kinder und Jugenduniversität für das Bergische Land / Children's University

(V) DÜSSELDORF 22Jun10 Ringvorlesung "Das Böse", Fachschaften Sozialwissenschaft, Heinrich-Heine Universität

(I) UCLTV 23Jun10 Video Mini-lecture: "Homosexuality, morality & nature" (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5wLvwqnn2M)

(V) BONN 23Jun10 9. Petersberger Forum, Thema "Wir", Königswinter (www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1fNYBqveN4)

(V) WÜRZBURG 24Jun10 Vorlesungsreihe "Liminale Anthropologien", Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Universität Würzburg

(V) CHESTER 26Aug10 Lunchtime Talk for Staff Members of Chester Zoo

(S) MASTERSHAUSEN 24-26Sep10 Beiratstreffen / advisory Board "Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung" zur Förderung des evolutionären Humanismus / evolutionary humanism

(P) GEO-FORUM Oct10 Meinungsstück / opinion piece " Warum die Zeit reif ist für einen evolutionären Humanismus"

(P) BOOK-LAUNCH 01Oct10 bilingualer Bildband / bilingual volume "Menschenaffen wie wir / Apes like us" (Jutta Hof / Volker Sommer), EditionPanorama (also annual present of VolkswagenStiftung)

(V, D) NÜRNBERG 01-03Oct10 Turm der Sinne Symposium "Mann, Frau Gehirn"

(T) MAINZ 14Oct10 3-sat Talk-show "scobel", Topic "Biodiversität"

(P) BOOK-LAUNCH 01Dec10 "Primates of Gashaka", edited by Volker Sommer & Caroline Ross, Springer / New York

(R) LONDON 01Dec10 "BBC Forum", guest on the BBC World programme




GRADUATE STUDENTS

Diplomarbeiten

Faculty of biology, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany

- Ulrich Reichard (1991): "Zum Sozialverhalten einer Gruppe freilebender Weißhandgibbons (Hylobates lar)" (data collection in Thailand)

- Anouchka Nettelbeck (1993): "Zur Öko-Ethologie freilebender Weißhandgibbons in Thailand" (Diplomarbeit, University of Hamburg; data collection Thailand)

- Jörg Neudenberger (1993): "Untersuchungen zur Monogamie freilebender Weißhandgibbons" (data collection in Thailand)

- Domingo Mendoza (1992): "Sozialspiel bei immaturen Schimpansen" (Diplomarbeit, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg; data collection at Arnhem Zoo, The Netherlands)

- Sylvia Ehrhardt (1993): "Das Salutierverhalten bei Bartaffen (Macaca silenus)" (data collection at the German Primate Center, Göttingen, and Zoo Stendhal)

- Julia Nikolei (1993): "Geschlechtstypisches Verhalten juveniler Languren (Presbytis entellus" (data collection in Nepal [supervision with C. Borries])

- Uta Skamel (1994): "Zwischengeschlechtliche Beziehungen bei Berberaffen außerhalb der Paarungszeit" (data collection at Affenberg Salem, Germany [supervision with A. Paul])

- Gina Barbaranelli (1994): "Männchen-Männchen-Beziehungen bei Berberaffen außerhalb der Paarungszeit" (data collection at Affenberg Salem, Germany [supervision with A. Paul])

- Ralf Armbrecht (1995): "Verhaltensbiologische und bioakustische Untersuchungen zur Lautkommunikation bei männlichen Hanuman-Languren in Ramnagar, Nepal" (data collection in Nepal [supervision with P. Winkler])

- Nicola Uhde (1997): "Das Raubfeindrisiko bei Gibbons - Eine sozioökologische Studie im Regenwald des Khao Yai" (data collection in Thailand)



Masters Students

MRes theses in Environmental Sciences, UCL:

- Katherine Little (1997): "Adaptation of a langur group to changing captive environments" (data collection in London Zoo)

MSc theses in Human Evolution & Behaviour, Department of Anthropology, UCL:

- Hannah Davis (1997): "Mechanisms and functions of behavioural change across reproductive stages in primates - a case study of the Hanuman langurs"

- Claire Bracebridge (1998): "Empathy in non-human primates? Reactions towards sick and dead conspecifics"

- Alison Denham (1998): "Does reconciliation occur in Hanuman langurs?"

- Simon Dennis (1997-98): "Activity budgets of white-handed gibbons" (Simon studied part-time, as he trained as a rower for the Sydney olympics. And gold he won...)

- Ymke Warren (1998): "Social interactions in multi-male groups of wild mountain gorillas" (data collection in Rwanda)

- Andrew Fowler (1999): "Song pattern of white-handed gibbons"

- Graham Pink (2000): "Pair relationships in white-handed gibbons" (data collection in Thailand)

- Diana Kyriazis (2002): "Homosexual behaviour among free ranging langur monkeys: an evolutionary analysis"

- Lisa Brooker (2002): "Reintroduction of Orang-utans: A critical review"

- Tomas Persson (2002): "Multi-male gorilla groups: A behavioural case study at Apenheul" (data collection in The Netherlands)

- Yianna Koutsioni (2003): "Merging ethnobotany and zoopharmacognosy: A case study in Gashaka, Nigeria" (data collection in Nigeria)

- Nicola Hughes (2003): "Orphaned chimpanzees and gorillas in Cameroon and Nigeria: Victims of the bushmeat trade" (data collection in Nigeria and Cameroon)

- Sophie Bulbrook (2004): "A framework for the study of emotions in chimpanzees" (in conjunction with Kim Bard, Portsmouth)

- Darren Ellis (2005): "Seasonal variation in availability and consumption of army ants by Nigerian chimpanzees" (data collection in Nigeria)

- Charlotte Frearson (2005): "Masturbation in male primates: Taxonomic distribution, proximate causes and potential evolutionary functions"

- Elena Jones (2005): "Masturbation in female primates: Taxonomic distribution, proximate causes and potential evolutionary functions"

- Robert Davies (2005): "Bioacoustical analysis of free-ranging slender loris (Loris tardigradus tardigradus) whistles: Their role in communication and some factors influencing their production" (in conjunction with Anna Nekaris, Oxford Brookes; data collection in Sri Lanka)

- Emily Beach (2005): "Sexual swelling colour change: The evolution of full colour vision in primates and the accurate analysis of colour"

- Nienke Alberts (2006): "Mechanisms and functions of estrus desynchrony in Indian langur monkeys"

- Sarah Couto (2006): "Activity and association pattern of wild olive baboons at Gashaka / Nigeria: Spatio-temporal variation in relation to resource availability"

- Helena Howarth (2008): "Male choice. Potential preferences for female external genital morphology"

- Gemma Gordon (2009): "Male consortship in wild olive baboons (Papio anubis): A study at Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria" (data collection in Nigeria)

- Lindsay Hodgson (2009): "Using RFID technology to track human foraging activity: how communication facilitates group coordination and the emergence of leaders and followers in small groups"

- Robert Hodgson (2010): "Handedness in wild olive baboons at Gashaka, Nigeria" (data collection in Nigeria)

- Thomas Roberts (2010): "Infant socialisation in wild olive baboons at Gashaka, Nigeria" (data collection in Nigeria)

- Gina Depper (2010): "Habitat ecology and behaviour of capuchin monkeys" (data collection in Costa Rica)

- Omer Nevo (2010): "Responses to olfactoric stimuli in monkeys and apes" (data collection in Heidelberg Zoo)

MTech theses, Nigeria:

- Buba, Umaru (2007): "An investigation of the behaviour of pregnant and lactating baboons (Papio anubis) at Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria" (Dissertation, Masters of Technology, Wildlife Conservation & Management, Federal University of Technology Yola, Nigeria; co-supervision with Callistus Akosim, FTY)



PhD Students

- Ulrich Reichard (1991-1995): "Sozial- und Fortpflanzungsverhalten von Weißhandgibbons (Hylobates lar). Eine Freilandstudie im thailändischen Khao Yai Regenwald" (Doktorarbeit, University of Göttingen; data collection in Thailand; funded by DAAD)

- Katherine Little (1998-2002): "Genetic composition of a population of Hanuman langurs" (UCL; data collection in India; graduate school scholarship; supervision with Mike Bruford, Institute of Zoology, London and Cardiff University)

- Julie Anderson (2002-2005): "Population dynamics of the Angolan black-and-white colobus monkey in South coast Kenya" (UCL; data collection in East Africa; supervision with Guy Cowlishaw, Institute of Zoology, London; NERC-funded)

- Andrew Fowler (2000-2006): "Socio-ecology of Nigerian chimpanzees at Gashaka " (UCL; data collection in Nigeria)

- Norm Rosen (since 2003): "Ape orphans in Africa: A window into extinction processes" (UCL; data collection in 20 sanctuaries across Africa)

- Sandra Tranquilli (since 2005): "Great ape conservation in Central Africa and anthropogenic threats" (UCL; data analyses at MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)

- Umaru Buba (since 2007): "Habitat ecology of Nigerian chimpanzees at Gashaka Gumti National Park" (data collection in Nigeria; co-supervision with Federal University of Technology Yola, Nigeria)

- Andrew King (2005-2008). "Coordinated behaviour and decision-making in wild primates" (UCL; data collection in Namibia; co-supervision with Guy Cowlishaw, Institute of Zoology, London; NERC-funded)

- Gonçalo Jesus (since 2008): "Resource distribution and primate gregariousness in Nigeria's Gashaka Gumti National Park" (UCL; data collection in Nigeria; funded by Portuguese government)

- Suzanne Harvey (since 2009): "Audience effect in wild olive baboons at Nigeria" (UCL; data collection in Nigeria; co-supervision with Klaus Zuberbühler, St. Andrews University; funded by Carnegie Trust, Scotland)

- Kathleen Bryson (since 2010): "Primate sexualities. Beyond the binary" (UCL)



SELECTED LINKS


Websites

Departmental Home Page (www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology)

Gashaka Primate Project (www.ucl.ac.uk/gashaka)

UCL International Strategy (www.ucl.ac.uk/global)

Giordano-Bruno-Foundation for Evolutionary Humanism (www.giordano-bruno-stiftung.de)


Interviews

Newspaper (2000) "Ich bin ein Affenmensch" DIE ZEIT (www.zeit.de/2000/52/200052_interview.affen.xml?page=all)

Radio (2005) "Volker Sommer. Der Primatologe und Anthropologe im Gespräch mit Ralf Caspary" Zeitgenossen SWR2 (www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/zeitgenossen/archiv/-/id=660644/nid=660644/did=1641754/1tz6oux/)

TV Show (2008) "Menschenaffen – Affenmenschen. Ein spannendes Gespräch unter Verwandten" 3-sat Scobel (www.3sat.de/page/?source=/scobel/127293/index.html)

Radio (2008) "Am Tisch mit Volker Sommer, Affenforscher". Doppelkopf Hessischer Rundfunk (www.podcast.de/episode/852030/Am_Tisch_mit_Volker_Sommer%252C_%2522Affenforscher%2522/)

TV Show (2009) "Wir Menschenaffen" Südwestfunk TV Science Show "Planet Wissen" (www.planet-wissen.de/sendungen/2010/02/04_menschenaffen.jsp)


Newspaper Articles

Book Review (2009) "Kein Wir-Gefühl im Pongoland. Eine Kritik an Michael Tomasello" Frankfurter Rundschau (www.fr-online.de/in_und_ausland/kultur_und_medien/literatur/?em_cnt=1976364&em_cnt_page=2)

Article (2009) "Menschen und andere Tiere" Frankfurter Rundschau (http://www.fr-online.de/in_und_ausland/kultur_und_medien/themen/1830490_Evolutionstheorie-


Radio Podcasts

Podcast (2004) "Der Affe als Mensch oder der Mensch als Affe? Warum die Evolutionsbiologie unsere Sicht vom Tier verändert" Aula SWR2 (www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/wissen/-/id=660374/nid=660374/did=1632610/167fmpz/index.html)

Podcast (2005) "Ganz schön klug und clever. Warum Affen lügen können" Aula für Kinder SWR2 (www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/wissen/-/id=660374/nid=660374/did=1638042/qq7koo/index.html)

Podcast (2007) "Wir alle sind Afrikaner. Warum der Begriff 'Rasse' sinnlos geworden ist" Aula SWR2 (www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/wissen/-/id=660374/nid=660374/did=2272098/1i5kw4/index.html)

Podcast (2009) "Vorbei mit den Grenzen. Warum sich der Mensch nur graduell vom Tier unterscheidet" Aula SWR2 (www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/wissen/-/id=660374/nid=660374/did=5481998/126qskn/index.html)

Podcast (2010) "War Flipper schwul? Homosexualität bei Tieren" Aula SWR2 (www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/wissen/-/id=660374/nid=660374/did=5797942/idz0l2/index.html)


Videos

Mini-lecture Video (2010) "Homosexuality, morality & nature" UCLTV (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5wLvwqnn2M)

Conference Video (2010) "On the evolutionary biology of rituals"; DFG Sonderforschungsbereich "Ritualdynamik" & 14. Berliner Kolloquium der Gottlieb Daimler- & Karl Benz-Stiftung (http://daimler-benz-stiftung.de/home/events/berlin/podcast/08/index.html)

Slideshow Video (2010) "Protecting the primates of Gashaka" UCLTV (www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTAL2Txcf3g&feature=channel)


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