Mark J. Hudson: Social Networks, Culture, and Language in the Archaeology of the Okinawa and Kuril Islands

Vljudno vabljeni na predavanje profesorja Marka Hudsona z naslovom:

Social Networks, Culture, and Language in the Archaeology of the Okinawa and Kuril Islands

Predavanje bo 23. 2. od 14.40 do 16.15 v predavalnici 4 (pritličje).

Predavanje bo v angleškem jeziku. Sledi povzetek:

Although Homo sapiens had colonized a broad range of environments by the Upper Palaeolithic, few islands were settled by that time. In fact, most islands were only permanently settled by humans after the arrival of agriculture. However, the islands around Japan provide many exceptions to this rule. This talk will examine the prehistory of the Okinawa (Ryukyu) and Kuril archipelagoes using results from the latest research. The talk will compare the different ways in which human populations in these two archipelagoes used social networks to meet the challenges of living in insular environments. Implications for cultural and linguistic history will also be discussed.

 

Mark James Hudson (1963) is a British academic and an anthropologist interested in multicultural Japan. As an archaeologist in Japan, his area of specialization are the Jōmon period and the Yayoi period.  Hudson was awarded his M.Phil in East Asian Archaeology at the University of Cambridge in 1988. He earned his Ph.D. at the Australian National University. His doctoral dissertation investigated the Jōmon-Yayoi transition in the Kanto region. Hudson is a Professor of Anthropology at Nishikyushu University. He was formerly a member of the faculty of the University of Tsukuba. He is a member of the editorial board of the Japanese academic journal, Anthropological Science.