Dynamics of Civilisation

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Impression of a jade seal designed by Professor Wang Mingming for CREDOC, containing the Chinese characters Xue (interpretation) and Wenming (civilisation).

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The Clash of Civilisations and Ignorance


Date: Friday 27 May 2016
Location: Cruciform B404 Lecture Theatre 2, followed by a wine reception in the Cruciform Seminar Room 1
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Baltic-Nordic Regionalism


Date: 10 June 2016
Location: Common Ground Space, Wilkins Building, South Wing
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Civilisation in Time and Space


Date: 1 and 2 July 2016
Location: Common Ground Space, Wilkins Building, South Wing
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Food, Drink and Civilization: International Conference


Date: 21-22 September 2016
Location: TBA
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Could Modern Civilization Collapse?

A multidisciplinary approach from Archaeology, Climatology and History on Climate Change and the possible Collapse of Civilization


Date: December 2016
Location: TBD
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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 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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