Dynamics of Civilisation

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Watch A CREDOC Provocation: Civilisation: Feasting and Drinking (102 mins)

Lecture: ‘Big History’

Global Crisis by Geoffrey Parker

'Big History'

Monday 28th April 2014

5pm, J Z Young Lecture Theatre, G29 Anatomy

University College London, Gower St, London WC1H 0PY

A CREDOC Provocation

Civilisation and Language

Alif Arabic Letter 1 Early 5 1

Tuesday 17th June 2014

5.30-7pm, Archaeology 612, 31-34 Gordon Square

followed by a reception, 7-8pm in the Archaeology Common Room

University College London, Gower St, London WC1H 0PY

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Dynamics of Civilisation

The Course of Empire Destruction Thomas Cole

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.

‘Civilisation’ describes a social phenomenon greater than the nation. It has been identified by materials, languages, institutions and habits that are spread over time yet remain linked to one another as an integrated system. Civilisation appears on the map of modern political debate, whether in international policy (where it is used to build transnational political structures) or in the popular idea of a 'clash of civilisations'.

Yet what is a civilisation? How do civilisations form, develop, endure and decay? And why does civilisation matter so much to us now?

Our aims are to

  • create a network of interested researchers and stimulate collaborations within and beyond UCL,
  • offer small grants for projects and support  for applications for external funding,
  • develop an exciting programme of public events, workshops and lectures,
  • encourage and generate new directions for research,
  • and raise the profile and maximise the impact of UCL research on civilisation.

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