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Social Norms: Emergence, Persistence, and Effects

  • 23 Apr 2019
  • 25 Apr 2019
  • NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

The Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, Social Norms: Emergence, Persistence, and Effects, to be held April 23-25, 2019, at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). 

Human social behavior is controlled by many interacting factors including material cost-benefit considerations, genetically-informed social instincts, personality, and culturally transmitted norms, values, and institutions. A social norm is a behavior that one is expected to follow and expects others to follow in a given social situation. Understanding the emergence, persistence, and effects of social norms is crucial for developing better policies affecting the life of the society as a whole and of its individual members. This workshop brings together active scholars interested in various aspect of social norms in an attempt to stimulate new synergies, insights, and collaborations. We envision this meeting as a truly transdisciplinary gathering of researchers from diverse disciplines including sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics, evolutionary biology, cultural evolution, neurobiology, political science, history, and experts on extremism, marketing, communications, as well as policy scholars and practitioners.
Full details at http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_socialnorms 

The Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity at NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 

Co-Organizers: Michele Gelfand (Psychology. Univ. of Maryland); Nathan Nunn (Economics, Harvard Univ.); Sergey Gavrilets (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee)

Invited Participants:
Jeannie Annan, International Rescue Committee; Robert Boyd, Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State Univ.; Colin Camerer, Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience, California Institute of Technology; Damon Centola, Annenberg School for Communication, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Jean Ensminger, Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology; Ernst Fehr, UBS International Center of Economics in Society, Univ. of Zurich; Jeremy Ginges, Psychology, New School of Social Research; Joseph Henrich, Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard Univ.; Karla Hoff*, Development Research Group, The World Bank; Shinobu Kitayama, Culture & Cognition Program, Univ. of Michigan; Maria Lapinski, Communication, Michigan State Univ.; Vera Mironova, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Karine Nyborg*, Economics, Univ. of Oslo; Elizabeth Paluck, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton Univ.; Alan Sanfey, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud Univ.; Agnis Stibe, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Arne Traulsen, Evolutionary Theory, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany [not yet confirmed] 

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_socialnorms 

Participation in NIMBioS workshops is by application only. Individuals with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful applicants will be notified within several weeks after the application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

Application deadline: December 1, 2018 

The Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC) (http://www.dysoc.org) promotes connections and collaborations between different researchers using theoretical and empirical methods at the interface of mathematical, biological, social, and computational sciences to address the dynamics of social behavior. 

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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