Dynamics of Civilisation

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Europe from the outside in? Imagining Civilisation through collecting the exotic

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Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October 2015

10 a.m - 6 p.m. in the UCL South Cloisters

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Deep Pasts, Deep Cultures: Mande, Yoruba and Kongo

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Friday 6 November

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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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