SMS scnews item created by Hannah Bryant at Fri 12 Mar 2021 1234
Type: Seminar
Modified: Wed 17 Mar 2021 1101; Thu 18 Mar 2021 1221
Distribution: World
Expiry: 18 Mar 2021
Calendar1: 18 Mar 2021 0330-0430
CalLoc1: Carslaw 350 & Online
CalTitle1: SMRI-Applied Maths seminar: Field ’Gamilaraay Kinship Dynamics’
Auth: hannahb@ (hbry8683) in SMS-LDAP

SMRI-Applied Maths seminar: Field -- Gamilaraay Kinship Dynamics


’Gamilaraay Kinship Dynamics’
Jared M. Field
(The University of Melbourne)

Thursday 18 March
3.30pm - 4.30pm
Carslaw 350 (University of Sydney staff and students only)
and via Zoom, register here:

Abstract: Traditional Indigenous marriage rules have been studied
extensively since the mid 1800s. Despite this, they have historically
been cast aside as having very little utility. Here, I will walk through
some of the interesting mathematics of the Gamilaraay system and
show that, instead, they are in fact a very clever construction.
Indeed, the Gamilaraay system dynamically trades off kin
avoidance to minimise incidence of recessive diseases against
pairwise cooperation, as understood formally through Hamilton’s

Biography: Jared Field completed his undergrad studies at the
University of Sydney in maths and French literature, before
reading for a DPhil in Mathematical Biology at Balliol College,
Oxford. He is now a McKenzie Fellow in the School of Mathematics
and Statistics at the University of Melbourne with broad interests
at the intersection of mathematics, evolution and ecology.

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