International Society for Quantitative History

QH Webinar Series

Varied Trajectories of Chiefdomization

10:00 | Thursday, March 10, 2022

Zoom Webinar

English

Robert D. Drennan

Robert D. Drennan

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

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Robert Drennan, of the University of Pittsburgh, and his co-authors seek to understand better the chiefdomization process that produced the earliest complex societies by pursuing a comparative archaeological analysis of some 60 "natural experiments" around the world. Their approach to quantification and analysis is grounded much more in the highly graphical tools of the Exploratory Data Analysis school than in classical statistics. It confronts problems that have arisen when quantification of archaeological data is divorced from meaningful context, and it pursues understanding of social dynamics by investigating patterns in the highly varied trajectories that chiefdomization has taken in different regions.

In this Quantitative History Webinar, Robert Drennan explains how their approach puts into practice the idea sometimes attributed to the American author Mark Twain that "history doesn't repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme." The different rhymes that can be seen in chiefdomization trajectories lead eventually to chiefly societies with different characteristics.

Robert's co-authors: Christian E. Peterson (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) and C. Adam Berrey (Sacramento State University)

Discussant: Daniel Hoyer (Evolution Institute and University of Oxford)

Live on Zoom on March 10, 2022
10:00 Hong Kong/Beijing/Singapore
11:00 Tokyo | 13:00 Sydney
Previous Day 18:00 Los Angeles | 21:00 New York/Pittsburgh

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Zoom Webinar

Robert D. Drennan

English

The Quantitative History Webinar Series aims to provide researchers, teachers, and students with an online intellectual platform to keep up to date with the latest research in the field, promoting the dissemination of research findings and interdisciplinary use of quantitative methods in historical research. The Series, now in its third year, is co-organized by the International Society for Quantitative History, HKU Business School, and Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 量化歷史網上講座系列由香港大學陳志武和馬馳騁教授聯合發起,旨在介紹前沿量化歷史研究成果、促進同仁交流,推廣量化方法在歷史研究中的應用。本系列講座由國際量化歷史學會、香港大學經管學院和香港人文社會研究所全力支持和承辦。

Conveners: Professor Zhiwu Chen & Dr. Chicheng Ma (HKU Business School)

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