We are plurally rational and inherently relational: causes, corroborations and consequences

Start: May 31, 2013 12:00 AM

Location: Room 101, International Hall, Lansdown Terrace, London, WC1N 1AS

UCL Dept of Anthropology fourth annual Mary Douglas seminar


for researchers interested in developing and applying the legacy of the late Professor Dame Mary Douglas

Friday 31st May 2013
Room 101, International Hall, Lansdown Terrace, London, WC1N 1AS


9.00-9.30. Coffee, tea

9.30-9.45. Welcome, introductions
News and information exchange
Chair: Perri 6, Professor in Public Management, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London

9.45-10.30. Marieke van Egmond, Jacobs University, Bremen
I disagree, therefore I am: experimentally testing cultural theory

10.30-10.40. Discussant: Christoph Engel, Executive Director, Max Planck Institute for Research on Common Goods, Bonn

10.40-11.00. break: coffee, tea, fruit juice, water

11.00-11.15. Q&A

11.15-12.00. Alexandru Babeanu, Utrecht University, and Michael Thompson IIASA, Vienna
The forces that cause movement: the complex basis of cultural theory

12.00-12.15. Discussant: Simon J Shackley, Lecturer in Carbon Policy, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

12.15-13.00. Q &A

13.00 Lunch break: [Lunch is not provided, but there are plenty of cafes, sandwich bars and other catering establishments very nearby].

14.00-14.45. Marco Verweij, Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University, Bremen
The human brain and the social bond

14.45-15.00. Discussant: Robert Turner, Director, Department of Neurophysics, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

15.00-15.30. Q&A

15.30-15.45. break: coffee, tea, fruit juice, water

15.45-16.15. Steven Ney, Professor of Policy Science and Social Entrepreneurship, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen
Messy institutions for wicked problems: how to generate clumsy solutions
Chair: Albert Baumgarten, Professor Emeritus of Jewish History, Department of Jewish History, Bar-Ilan University

16.15-16.30. Discussant: Gerry Stoker, Professor of Governance and Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance, Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton

16.30-17.00. Q&A

17.00 Close of formal proceedings

... Opportunity for informal conversations ...

To reserve a place, please e-mail Gerald Mars [marsgerry@gmail.com]. To cover refreshments on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, a charge of £10.00 is payable. For those with UK bank accounts, payment is requested in advance by cheque in sterling, made out to “The Mary Douglas Seminar”. The cheque should be sent by post to Professor Gerald Mars, 53, Nassington Road, London NW3 2TY with a covering note. Those attending from outside the UK may pay in cash on the day of the seminar, because we are unable to accept cheques in other currencies.