Modern tribes, ancient brains

15 September 2022 - 14:00

Queen's Building, Lecture Theatre 1.12, De Montfort University

Event duration: 60 minutes 


We don’t have talons or particularly sharp teeth, and we’re not amazingly fast. So how have we defended ourselves across evolutionary time and not only survived, but come to dominate the planet? Part of the answer lies in our ability for group living. Modern tribes are everywhere, from football stadia and gigs to protests and conventions. 

In this talk, Martha Newson from the Universities of Kent and Oxford will unpick our reliance on modern tribes and their seemingly crazy behaviours, using her research from football fans across four continents. Join her as she delves into how key behaviours associated with our modern tribes have an unquestionable origin deep in our evolved need to belong. 

Please note this event includes discussion of violence and fighting.