The symposium will feature plenary talks delivered by internationally recognized scholars in the humanities and social and biological sciences.

Mary Baker, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Rhode Island College, USA

Lecture: "Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus capucinus) and the Ancient Maya"

Loretta A. Cormier, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Lecture: "Ethnoprimatology and Iconography of New World Monkeys


Constance Clark, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Lecture: "God—or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age"

Nathaniel J. Dominy, PhD

Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, USA
Lecture: "Baboons and the Biology of Apotheosis in Ancient Egypt"

David A. Freidel, PhD

Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Lecture: "Classic Maya Monkey Scribe Deities and their Relationship to Royal Practice and Rhetoric"

Andrew R. George, PhD

Professor, Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East, SOAS, University of London, UK

Lecture: "Monkeys in the Gilgamesh Epic"

Cybelle Greenlaw, PhD

Department of Classics, Trinity College, Ireland

Lecture: "Monkeys in the Mediterranean: Ancient Perspectives on Non-Human Primates


Clifford J. Jolly, PhD

Professor, Department of Anthropology, New York University, USA

Lecture: "Tracking the Sphinx Monkey


Philip A. Lutgendorf, PhD

Professor, Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Iowa, USA

Lecture: "Monkeys in the Ramayana and in Ancient India


Marco Masseti, PhD

Department of Biology, University of Florence, Italy

Lecture: "Monkeys in the Ancient Mediterranean (3rd Millennium BC - First Half of the 2nd Millennium AD)"

Cecilia Veracini, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Lecture: "Nonhuman Primates in the Age of Discovery (15th and 16th Centuries): European Perception, Trade and Iconography"