Dynamics of Civilisation


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Rousseau between Antiquity, Enlightenment and Modernity

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Date: 2 December 2016
Location: Chadwick G07
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Could Modern Civilization Collapse?

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Date: 19 and 20 December 2016
Location: Institute of Archaeology G6
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Dynamics of Civilisation


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The UCL Centre for Research on the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC) seeks to understand the social phenomenon of 'civilisation' and to challenge the often politicized 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 and controversial idea of a 'clash of civilisations'.

Yet what is a civilisation? How does such a category still have value despite its compromised usages in the past? And why and how is it being utilized now in regions such as Africa, China, India or the Middle East to challenge and to remap social and political geographies.

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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