CREDOC: The problem of progress: Life, humanity, civilisation

Start: Jan 28, 2014 05:30 PM
End: Jan 28, 2014 07:00 PM

Location: 1.02 Lecture Theatre, Malet Place Engineering, UCL

The Course of Empire Destruction (Thomas Cole)

A roundtable event organised by the UCL Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC) will be held on 28 January.

Investigation of civilisation as a concept and as a social phenomenon is still caught up in the problem of progress. This roundtable Provocation brings together for the first time UCL’s three Research Frontier groupings (Origins of Life, Human Evolution and Dynamics of Civilisation). It seeks to address provocatively some fundamental questions about life, humanity and civilisation, to provoke exchange across UCL, and to confront the problem of ‘progress’.

Speakers include:

Following an opening address by the UCL Vice-Provost (Research), and preliminary reflection from the speakers, the discussion will be opened up to the audience.

This event is the first Provocation to be organised by CREDOC, in partnership with the Research Frontiers groupings Human Evolution and Origins of Life.

The UCL Centre for Research on the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC) seeks to understand the social phenomenon of 'civilisation' and to challenge the role it is being made to play in the modern world and is a collaborative venture involving UCL colleagues from the Institute of Archaeology, Anthropology, the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, Geography, Greek and Latin, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, History, the Centre for Sustainable Heritage, English Language & Literature, School of European Languages, Culture & Society and the School of Public Policy.

Update: Watch a video of the event