Evolutionary Approaches in the Humanities

What does evolution have to do with the study of literature, film, and other humanistic subject matter?


This workshop applies evolutionary theory to human imaginative culture, including literature and film. The workshop includes six talks by scholars in the evolutionary humanities, who reject the claim that human nature and culture constitute separate domains or opposing principles. Rather, human culture both expresses and defines the human condition. An adequate conception of the human animal must include a conception of its richly social, imaginative, and symbolic modes of life. 



IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312, 8000 Aarhus C 



12:00-12:15  Introduction by Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen (AU)

12:15-13:15  Literature and the Current Model of Imagination in Empirical Psychology. Joseph Carroll

13:15-13:45  The Evolutionary Vision of H. G. Wells. Emelie Jonsson

13:45-14:30  Break (and cake)

14:30-15:30  Evolution, Moral Emotions, and Film. Torben Grodal

15:30-16:00  Getting the Laugh: An Evolutionary Approach to Film Comedy. Marc Hye-Knudsen

16:00-16:30  The Evolutionary Underpinnings of Recreational Fear. Mathias Clasen

16:30  End of workshop



Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen (jkc@cc.au.dk) and Mathias Clasen (mc@cc.au.dk)


This workshop is funded by the Interacting Minds Centre, the research program Media, Communication and Society, the PhD program Art, Literature and Cultural Studies, and the School of Communication and Culture, AU

IMC - Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4 - 8000 - Aarhus - 87150000 - jkc@cc.au.dk