Anthropology Colloquium Spring 2023 SeriesApril 13, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Crawford Hall 115
The Past, Present and Future of Life in the Hominoid Niche, presented by NICHOLAS MALONE, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Ape conservation in the 21st century requires a synthesis of nature and culture that recognizes their inseparability in ecological relationships. Such a synthesis can emerge from the scholarly interrogation of dualisms that are deeply embedded within the intellectual traditions of the sciences and humanities (e.g., human / animal; nature / culture). Anthropology, sometimes seen to be at the nexus for tensions between interpretive and explanatory approaches, has much to offer contemporary primatological practice; and perhaps vice versa. Drawing upon experiences in primate research and conservation, this talk aims to re-conceptualize the human-ape interface in a time of increasing ecological precarity. Dr Nicholas Malone is an anthropologist with a broad interest in the social and ecological lives of primates, especially those of apes and humans. Specifically, he seeks to understand how the observed patterns of variability within and between taxa are simultaneously shaped by, and act as shaping factors of, evolutionary processes. Additionally, he strives to contribute to primate conservation through a commitment to engaging with local and extra-local efforts. Finally, Dr Nicholas Malone wishes to situate the study of primates within the broader contexts of anthropology, history, and research ethics. His writing is informed by research experiences in Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Anthropology, Mānoa Campus