This online event will consist of two main parts.
Jenny Reddish, CSH scientist and member of the Social Complexity & Collapse team, will present the new volume of the history database Seshat.
Jan Bachmann and Sina Sajjadi, both PhD candidates at CEU and members of the Computational Social Science team, will discuss their ongoing projects on Networked Inequality.
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1) Jenny Reddish: “What do gods want? Working with historians to produce a global survey of moralizing religions through time”
Explicitly “moralizing” religions such as Christianity or Buddhism — those which posit a system of supernatural punishment and reward for interpersonal ethical conduct — emerged relatively late in human history. Yet they have now spread to all corners of the globe. Why did they arise and how have they become so successful? In this brief talk I’ll introduce the Seshat History of Moralizing Religion, a multi-author edited volume being co-edited by Jennifer Larson (a historian of ancient Greek religion), Peter Turchin (an evolutionary anthropologist based at the CSH), and myself. The book leverages Seshat: The Global History Databank’s sampling framework, deep historical coverage and close connections with historians and archaeologists to offer the first worldwide comparative perspective on moralizing religions.
2) Sina Sajjadi and Jan Bachmann: “The role of homophily in networked inequality: applications and methodology”
Jan Bachmann is going to present his projects on effects of homophily on (1) algorithmic fairness of network-based machine learning algorithms and (2) the emergence of inequalities in success from collaborative networks.
Sina Sajjadi will present a systematic method for inferring homophily in social networks; generalizable to directed, multimodal and higher order networks.