Cooperation Colloquia

Autumn 2021: Every second Friday on Zoom
15:00 Central European (Summer) Time (Amsterdam/Copenhagen/Vienna)

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Blitz Talks Autumn 2021

We are inviting submission for blitz talks to precede each colloquium. These 10-minute talks are meant as an opportunity for early-career researchers to present their works to a broad audience. We especially encourage early-career researchers from underrepresented world regions to apply. If you would like to present a blitz talk at a Cooperation Colloquium, please submit a short abstract here.


Programme Autumn 2021

Date Speaker Title
Sep 3
12:00 UTC+2
Toby Handfield
Monash University
Morality as an evolved signaling device: We need better evidence
Sep 17
15:00 UTC+2
Hannes Rusch
Maastricht University
Angry young men — Protagonists or plotters of conflicts?
Oct 1
15:00 UTC+2
Nikos Nikiforakis
NYU Abu Dhabi
Cooperation under the shadow of inequality
Oct 15
15:00 UTC+2
Masaki Yuki
Hokkaido University
Low Relational Mobility, Fear of Sticking Out, and Concealment of Prosocial Behaviors
Oct 29
15:00 UTC+2
Sergey Gavrilets
University of Tennessee
Coevolution of actions, personal norms, and beliefs about others in social dilemmas
Nov 12
15:00 UTC+1
Cristina Bicchieri
University of Pennsylvania
In science we (should) trust: Expectations and compliance across nine countries during the COVID-19 pandemic
Nov 26
15:00 UTC+1
Mariana Blanco
Universidad del Rosario
Dec 9
18:00 UTC+1
Sarah Mathew
Arizona State University
The cultural evolution of cooperative norms: evidence from pastoral Kenya


About the Cooperation Colloquia

The Cooperation Colloquia are a series of online talks on interdisciplinary cooperation research. The series is sponsored by the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (PI Daniel Balliet), the Personality and Social Psychology Group at the University of Copenhagen (PI Ingo Zettler), and the Chair of Economic Psychology at the University of Vienna (PI Robert Böhm).

With the Cooperation Colloquia, we aim to provide a forum for recent research on cooperation in humans and other animals. The series is interdisciplinary and international by design. The colloquia feature speakers working in a wide range of disciplines (anthropology, biology, economics, psychology, etc.) and with a variety of methods (lab and field experiments, ethnography, experience sampling, computational modelling). We are especially committed to a diversity of speakers, including those who may otherwise face barriers to speaking at departmental colloquia.

The Cooperation Colloquia are organised by Shuxian Jin at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Simon Columbus at the University of Copenhagen. Please feel free to contact us in case you have any queries.


Past Colloquia

Feb 26 Simon Gächter (University of Nottingham): “Why Do People Follow Rules?”
Mar 12 Giuliana Spadaro (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): “The Cooperation Databank”
Mar 26 Jörg Gross (Leiden University): “The Social Dilemma of Self-reliance”
Apr 9 Coren Apicella (University of Pennsylvania): “From Selfish Beginnings: Tracing the Evolutionary Origins of Cooperation using Data from Hunter-gatherers”
Apr 23 Brent Simpson (University of South Carolina): “Radical Flanks and Public Support for Protest Groups”
May 7 Liran Samuni (Harvard University): “Strong Social Relationships and Cooperative Exchange in Wild Chimpanzees”
May 21 Zegni Triki (Stockholm University): “Biological Market Effects and Cooperation in the Cleaner Fish Mutualism”
Jun 4 Shakti Lamba (University of Exeter): “New Methods in the Study of Cooperation”
Jun 18 Eleanor Power (London School of Economics): “When Does Reputation Lie? Dynamic Feedbacks between Costly Signals and Social Prominence”