Dynamics of Civilisation


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NEWS AND EVENTS


CREDOC call for grants

Click here for staff and here for junior researchers. More information can be found here.

Deadline: 23 February 2015


The Homoerotics of Orientalism

A conversation with Joseph Boone

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Thursday 5th March 2015

Time: 5pm to 7pm

More information can be found here.


Civilisation and its Critiques: An Art-Historical Perspective

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Friday 13th March 2015

Time: 4pm to 6.30pm

Location: Chandler G10

More information can be found here.


The shape of ancient civilisation

Ian Morris (Professor of Classics, Stanford University)

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Thursday 26th March 2015

Time: 6pm to 7.45pm

More information can be found here.


Workshop: Antiquity’ and the dynamics of civilization

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Friday 27th March 2015

Time: 1-6pm

More information can be found here.


Watch Civilisation and its Critiques

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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