April 9: "Aurignacian Genius: Origins of Art and Society in Prehistoric Europe"

The NYU Department of Anthropology presents an international symposium exploring the origins of art amongst some of the earliest humans to populate Europe, featuring many of the world's most eminent scientists working on the origins of European art and modern culture.


Aurignacians, who inhabited much of Europe and parts of southern Asia until approximately 28,000 years ago, are the first modern humans outside Africa. The symposium will consider the social, technological, and environmental contexts of Aurignacian art, their practices and advances, and how modern science can inform our understanding of Aurignacians’ contributions to today’s cultural landscape.

Among the speakers are NYU Anthropology Professor Randall White and Raphaëlle Bourrillon of the University of Toulouse, discoverer of the earliest known form of wall art, as well as Marc Azéma, François Bon, Carole Fritz, William Rendu, and Gilles Tosello of the University of Toulouse; Harald Floss and Sibylle Wolf of the University of Tuebingen; and Antonin Baudry, cultural counselor of the Embassy of France.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, Room 914

The symposium is free and open to the public, but confirmed registration is required: 212.992.7488 or valerie.dubois@nyu.edu. Learn more »