The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

Calls for a “global” perspective in the humanities have increased in recent years, as have new efforts to further integrate modes of humanistic inquiry with scientific approaches to the past, from the biological to the geological. The rationale for these injunctions often lies in the conviction that the world has changed in decisive ways. On the one hand, in an era of environmental catastrophe, the human species has truly become a global agent of geological change; on the other, the findings of the hard sciences continue to throw into question any kind of privileged role for something like human agency in history in favor of more fundamental material processes. In light of these developments, this seminar will revisit a historical series of efforts to think about history and history-writing in a broad, integrative way, and to think in particular about its relationship to other modes of humanistic and scientific enquiry. Podcasts of the talks are available here.


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