Steve Lansing (University of Arizona; SFI External Professor)
Abstract. Not long ago, both ecology and social science were organized around ideas of stability. This view has changed in ecology, where nonlinear change is increasingly seen as normal, but not (yet) in social science. This talk focuses on three surprising discoveries about historical transitions in the islands of Indonesia, based on new data from non-coding genetic markers. The first case uncovers the unsuspected role of women in the colonization of the Pacific; the second follows up with a reconsideration of sex, power, and male dominance on seven islands; and the third examines the curvature of attractor basins on Bali.