SMRI Applied Maths Seminar
Gamilaraay Kinship Dynamics
Jared M. Field (University of Melbourne)
Thursday, 18 March 2021, 15:30–16:30 AEDT (Sydney)
Location: Carslaw 350 (University of Sydney staff and students only) and via Zoom
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 rule.
Biography: Jared Field completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney in Mathematics 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.
Please register to attend.
The seminar will be held online via Zoom. You will be sent a confirmation email with connection details.
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