Pieter François

Dr. Pieter Francois is a Lecturer in Digital History at the University of Hertfordshire. His work focuses on travel and migration in the nineteenth century and on the evolution of social complexity, ritual and warfare. Together with Professor Peter Turchin (UConn) and Professor Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford) he founded the Seshat: Global History Databank project in 2011 (https://new.evolution-institute.org/project/seshat/). In 2013 he won the British Library Labs competition with his Sample Generator for Digitized Texts. He is also the Research Coordinator of the Cultural Evolution Lab at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford.

Recent Posts

October 19, 2015 in Blogs, Focus Articles

The Role of Ritual in the Evolution of Social Complexity: Five predictions and a drum roll

To overcome human frailties, a computerized database of global history has long been needed. Seshat: Global History Databank offers just that: a vast collection of information gleaned from the work…
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