"The Role of Image Systems in Human Cognition and History"--SAGE Center Lecture by David Wengrow

by SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind


Thu, Jun 1, 2023

4 PM – 5 PM PDT (GMT-7)

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David Wengrow is Professor of Comparative Archaeology at University College London.

His description of this talk follows:
Image systems form a major component of our species’ cultural heritage. Most likely, their use extends back further into our evolutionary past than the earliest surviving traces of image-making in the archaeological record. Yet the capacity of image systems to serve as complex intellectual devices in their own right is often overshadowed by their perception as “merely illustrating” propositions expressed in language or writing. My SAGE lecture will offer a reappraisal of the status of image systems in human cognition and history, highlighting their role in the development of human societies across the divide of “oral” and “literate” cultures.

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David Wengrow

Professor, Comparative Archaeology

University College London

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