First Kyoto Workshop on Evolutionary Thanatology:
An Integrative Approach to the Study of Death and Dying
March 24, 2017
Yoshida Izumidono, Kyoto
We are pleased to announce the 1st Kyoto Workshop on Evolutionary Thanatology, which will be held at Kyoto University on March 24, 2017. The aim of this workshop is to bring together people who are interested in the broad topic of death and dying from multiple perspectives (archaeology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, biology, medicine, ethics....). Ten invited speakers will give oral presentations on their particular research areas, with questions & discussion. The emerging theme of the workshop is responses to, treatment of, and the meaning of deceased individuals from the perspective of the bereaved. An international line-up of distinguished speakers from Japan and abroad will talk about the evolution of funerary practices in early and modern human societies, how nonhuman primates respond to and deal with the death of members of their group (adults and infants), and the impact of the dying and dead on the living in modern humans.
Towards an evolutionary thanatology: impacts of the dead
on the living.
How do Japanese macaque mothers behave towards their dead infants?
Sebastien Penmellen Boret
Death in the early twenty-first century: authority, innovation and mortuary rites.
Changing relationship between the dead and the living in Japanese prehistory
How early humans interacted with their dying and dead, with specific examples from the palaeontological and Palaeolithic records.
Fukushima Medical University
Complicated grief as a distinct disorder from normal grief: recent advances in the treatment of complicated grief.
Responses to Death in Chimpanzees and Other Mammals
The Social bond with the dead: How the funeral transformed rapidly in Japan?