Meet Ray Tobler

Two broad and interrelated concerns currently motivate ECDI Research Fellow Ray Tobler’s research. One is an interest in historical questions around the evolution and movement of people in Island Southeast Asia, Australia and New Guinea — and how this history informs our understanding of the region’s immense diversity. The other is applying knowledge of humanContinue reading “Meet Ray Tobler”

Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative PhD Scholarship

Applications close 11 October 2021 Each year the School of Culture History and Language (“School”) in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific may offer an award known as the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative PhD Scholarship (“Award”). Funding for this Award has been provided by the Commonwealth of Australia’s National Institutes Grant. TheContinue reading “Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative PhD Scholarship”

SYNAPSE Seminar 6 Sept

This seminar is part of SYNAPSE: The CHL trans-disciplinary seminar series Seminar: How useful is the ‘hunter-gatherer’ label in explaining the diversification of Indigenous Australian societies? Speaker: Laurent Dousset When: 6 Sept 2021, 4pm-5.30pm AEST Registration via Eventbrite This is an online event and will be hosted via Zoom; Login details for the Zoom event will be includedContinue reading “SYNAPSE Seminar 6 Sept”

Meet João Teixeira

Research Fellow João Teixeira will commence his DECRA fellowship at ECDI in the second half of 2021, as he returns to Australia from his native Portugal. João’s academic interests lie in the demographic and adaptive history of the human species. By analysing the DNA of contemporary populations from Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia, João’s DECRAContinue reading “Meet João Teixeira”

ECDI is hiring!

Applications close 23 September 2021 The goal of this position is to advance our understanding of the evolution of cultural diversity in Melanesia, by developing methods to integrate the different data and models furnished by a wide range of disciplines, each giving us a partial insight into the region’s deep human past. The successful candidateContinue reading “ECDI is hiring!”

ECDI Field school—Mornington Peninsula

With an ongoing pandemic and constantly changing restrictions delaying his plans for a 2021 field school in Papua New Guinea, ECDI Research Fellow Ben Shaw turned to options for a domestic field experience. After six months of organising, he has pulled together a two-week field trip to the Mornington Peninsula, scheduled for September 2021. IfContinue reading “ECDI Field school—Mornington Peninsula”

SYNAPSE Seminar 5 July

This seminar is part of SYNAPSE: The CHL trans-disciplinary seminar series Seminar: Lapita-Papuan interaction in New Guinea: Implications for Pacific colonisation and regional social histories Speaker: Ben Shaw When: 5 July 2021, 2pm-3.30pm Registration via Eventbrite This is an online event and will be hosted via Zoom; Login details for the Zoom event will be included in yourContinue reading “SYNAPSE Seminar 5 July”

SYNAPSE Seminar 2 August

Image courtesy: Ada Jusic (Twitter/Instagram @AdaJusic) This seminar is part of SYNAPSE: The CHL trans-disciplinary seminar series and will be co-hosted with Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies Seminar: The Body as archive: Debates around the genetic reconstruction of African ancestries in post-slavery American societies Speaker: Sarah Abel (University of Cambridge) When: 2 August 2021, 6pm-7.30pm RegistrationContinue reading “SYNAPSE Seminar 2 August”

Meet the Neighbours – Online

Applications close 16 June 2021 Are you interested in archaeology, history, politics, cultural heritage or environmental history? Join Dr Stuart Bedford in this interactive online course in semester 2 with virtual tours of significant cultural sites including the Vanuatu Museum in the capital Port Vila and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roi Mata Domain on theContinue reading “Meet the Neighbours – Online”

UCSB Linguistics Colloquium 13 May

This seminar is part of University of California, Santa Barbara Linguistics Colloquium series Colloquium: Unsundering Sahul: Can we find deep time connections across the Torres Strait? Speakers: Nick Evans & Kyla Quinn When: 13 May 2021, 3.30pm (PT) Registration via Zoom This is an online event and will be hosted via Zoom. Abstract Humans reached Sahul – theContinue reading “UCSB Linguistics Colloquium 13 May”