ECDI Update: November 2021 activities

This is a monthly update about the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) activities and upcoming events.



Welcome to…

Welcome to the ECDI team:

  • Ray Tobler (arrived July 2021), Joao Teixeria (due to start 2022) and Sam Passmore (due to start 2022) who are our newest research fellows
  • Annie Kwai (2021) and Anna Naupa (2022) who are our new PhD students
  • Rachel Brown, Clare McFadden and Rebecca Hamilton who are our latest affiliates



Congratulations to Lindell Bromham, Felicity Meakins, Xia Hua and Cassandra Algy who are the winners of the 2021 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. Bringing together an Indigenous community member, linguist, mathematician and biologist, this team is studying Gurindji, an Indigenous language of northern Australia.

Congratulations to Nick Evans for his appointment to the ILARA Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Stuart Bedford who was recognised for his contribution and service to the Republic of Vanuatu.





PhD Fellowships 2022, The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)  
Deadline: 7 January 2022 
The IMPRS for Language Sciences invites applications for THREE fellowships, two of which that are funded by the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and one by the Language Development Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. The goal of the scheme is to enable young researchers to pursue interdisciplinary research projects in the language sciences, supervised by leading scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and its partner institutes at the Radboud University – the Centre for Language Studies and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. Find more information and apply here

Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands 
Deadline: 15 December 2021 
The Language Development Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands is offering a 5-year postdoctoral position from early 2022 (precise start date flexible). The successful candidate will act as project leader on one of the department’s new projects, described below. The successful candidate may also be expected to co-supervise PhD students working on related projects. Find more information and apply here

MindCORE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, The University of Pennsylvania  
Deadline: 10 January 2022 
MindCORE seeks to recruit outstanding postdoctoral researchers for our Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars. Housed within the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, MindCORE is an interdisciplinary effort to understand human intelligence and behavior. Designed for individuals who have recently obtained a PhD degree in psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, computer science or other cognitive science discipline, the MindCORE Fellowship is a springboard for young researchers as they establish their own research program. Fellows are also encouraged to pursue collaborative research with faculty working across disciplines at Penn. Find more information and apply here

Language Digital Activism Workshop
First Languages Australia has partnered with Rising Voices to offer a two-week online workshop, Strengthening your language on the internet through digital activism. The free workshop will be facilitated by young champions Ebony Joachim and Lakota Milera-Weetra, beginning Thursday the 2nd of December. Expressions of interest are being invited from people across Oceania and twenty people will be selected to attend.

CoEDL Summer Masterclasses 
Registration is now open for the 2021 CoEDL Summer Masterclasses. Full information about the schedule and presenters is available here; registration is through the ALS conference page. The online classes run from 10 – 11 December, following the ALS Conference. A mix of hands-on and theoretical sessions are on offer, showcasing some of the work CoEDL has enabled. Access to the Masterclasses is included in ALS registration or can be purchased individually at $10 per class. Places are limited, so register soon! Contact Catherine Travis if you have any questions or wish to be placed on a waitlist for a filled session.

Hank Nelson Memorial Endowment 
Deadline: 30 April 2022 
The Hank Nelson Memorial Endowment was established by family and friends of the historian Hank Nelson to honour his memory and his commitment to Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Endowment now offers the third Hank Nelson Prize, of AUD$1000, for the best PhD thesis submitted by any student, internationally, on any aspect of PNG’s history or society. Find more information here and make a submission here

The Laura Bassi Scholarship 
Application deadline: 15 December 2021 
The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline. All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of full-time employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found at: 




Frieman, C. (2021)An Archaeology of Innovation: Approaching social and technological change in human society. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526132659

Sterelny, K. (2021). The Pleistocene Social Contract: Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780197531389

Sterelny, K.& Planer, R. 2021. From Signal to Symbol, MIT Press, ISBN 9780262045971

Book chapters

Evans, N. 2021. Social cognition in Dalabon. Language Documentation and Conservation Special Publication No. 12 Social Cognition Parallax Corpus (SCOPIC). (22-84 pp).

O’Shannessy, C. (2021). Code-switching as a way of speaking – from language shift to language maintenance. In Babel, Anna and Mark Sicoli(Eds.) Contact, structure, and change: A festschrift in honor of Sarah G. Thomason. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing. pp36-42.

Shaw, B. 2022. Palaeolandscapes, radiocarbon chronologies, and the human settlement of southern lowland and island Papua New Guinea, In: Carson MT (ed.), Palaeolandscapes in Archaeology: Lessons for the Past and Future, pp. 215-290. Routledge, New York. ISBN 9780367689032


Adeleye, M., Connor, S. &Haberle, S. 2021. A quantitative synthesis of Holocene vegetation change in Nigeria (Western Africa). The Holocene.

Adeleye, M., Haberle, S., Connor, S., Stevenson, J. & Bowman, D. 2021. Indigenous Fire-Managed Landscapes in Southeast Australia during the Holocene—New Insights from the Furneaux Group Islands, Bass Strait. Fire. 4(2): 17.

Adeleye, M., Haberle, S., McWethy, D., Connor, S., & Stevenson, J. 2021. Environmental change during the last glacial on an ancient land bridge of southeast Australia.  Journal of Biogeography. 48(9).

Baird, L., Evans, N. & Greenhill, S. 2021. Blowing in the wind: Using “North Wind and the Sun’ texts to sample phoneme inventories. Journal of the International Phonetic Association.

Donnelly, S. & Kidd, E. 2021. The Longitudinal Relationship Between Conversational Turn-Taking and Vocabulary Growth in Early Language Development. Child Development. 0(0): 1-17. 10.1111/cdev.13511

Langley, M., O’Connor, S., Kealey, S. & Mahirta. 2021. Fishhooks, lures and sinkers: Intensive manufacture of marine technology from the terminal pleistocene at Makpan Cave, Alor Island, Indonesia. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.

Louys, J., Braje, T., Chang, C., Cosgrove, R., Fitzpatrick, S., Fujita, M., Hawkins, S., Ingicco, T., Kawamurra A., MacPhee, R., McDowell, M., Meijer, H., Piper, P., Roberts, P., Simmons, A., van den Bergh, G., van der Geer, A., Kealy, S., & O’Connor, S. 2021. No evidence for widespread island extinctions after Pleistocene hominin arrival. PNAS May 18, 2021 118 (20) e2023005118;

Nogue, S., Santos, S., Birks, H., Bjorck, S., Castilla-Beltran, A., Connor, S. de Boer, E., de Nascimento, L., Felde, V., Fernandez-Palacios, J., Froyd, C., Haberle, S., Hooghiemstra,H., Ljung, H., Norder, S., Penuelas, J., Prebble, M., Stevenson, J., Whittaker, R., Willis, K., Wilmshurt, J. & Steinbauer, M. 2021. The Human dimension of biodiversity changes on islands. Science. 372(6541): 488-491.

Passmore, S., Barth, W., Quinn, K., Greenhill, S., Evans, N. & Jordan, F. 2021. Kin Against Kin: Internal Co-selection and the Coherence of Kinship Typologies. Biological Theory. 10.1007/s13752-021-00379-6

Purnomo, G., Mitchell, K., O’Connor, S., Kealy, K., Taufik, L., Schiller, S., Rohrlach, A., Cooper, A., Llamas, B., Sudoyo, H., Teixeira, J., and Tobler, R. 2021. Mitogenomes Reveal Two Major Influxes of Papuan Ancestry across Wallacea Following the Last Glacial Maximum and Austronesian Contact. Genes 12(7), 965;

Sterelny, K. 2021. Foragers and their tools: Risk, technology and complexity. Topics in cognitive science. 0: 1-22. 10.1111/tops.12559

Sterelny, K. 2021. Veiled agency? Children, innovation and the archaeological record. Evolutionary Human Sciences. 3 (e12): 1-9. doi:10.1017/ehs.2021.9

Teixeria, J. & Huber, C. 2021. The inflated significance of neutral genetic diversity in conservation genetics. PNAS. 118(10) e2015096118.

Teixeira, J., Jacobs, G., Stringer, C., Tuke, J., Hudjashov, G., Purnomo, G., Sudoyo, H., Cox, M., Tobler, R., Turney, C., Cooper, A. & Helgen, K. 2021. Widespread Denisovan ancestry in Island Southeast Asia but no evidence of substantial super-archaic hominin admixture. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 5: 616-624.

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