Ethnoprimatology: Sustainable Coexistence of Human and Nonhuman Primates
Monday, December 2, 2019
Roosevelt House, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
The Anthropology Section
The New York Academy of Sciences
In the U.S, primatology – the study of our closest living relatives – secured a home within the subfield of biological anthropology as a way to provide insight into human origins and the evolution of human behavior. In recent years, a new research approach – ethnoprimatology – has
given primatology an expanded purpose in anthropology.
Ethnoprimatology examines the multifaceted ways the histories, ecologies, lives, and livelihoods of humans and primates intersect. Most remaining populations of primates live in environments that have been influenced in some way by humans (e.g., protected forests bisected by major roads, forest-farm edges, and urban centers). Ethnoprimatology considers these environments where humans and other primates interface its primary concern, recognizing the value of studying how humans and other primates behave together, co-shaping each other’s ecology, sociality, and evolutionary trajectories.
This talk will explore the field of ethnoprimatology with some examples from Dr. Riley's field research on the human-macaque interface in Indonesia to demonstrate the promise the ethnoprimatological approach shows in fostering an integrative anthropology, more pluralistic approaches to scientific inquiry, and the sustainable coexistence of humans and other primates in the 21 st century and beyond.
Location: Roosevelt House, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
A dinner and wine reception will precede the talk. Buffet dinner begins at 5:45 PM.
Lectures begin at 6:30 PM and are free and open to the public, but registration is required.