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Watch CIVILISATION AND ITS CRITIQUES - CREDOC Seminar 1: Civilisation in Political Thought

Civilisation and its critiques: Perspectives from Archaeology


Monday 8th December 2014

Time: 4pm

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

University College London, Gower St, London WC1H 0PY

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Civilisation and its critiques: Perspectives from Archaeology


Monday 8th December 2014

Time: 4pm

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology, room 612

31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY

More information here.

Mike Rowlands, Andrew Bevan, Dorian Fuller & David Wengrow will give the final seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 8 December.


Gordon Childe's definition of civilisation based on a list of cultural traits (urbanism, trade, literacy, early states, monumental art etc.) has been the most influential archaeological contribution to the debate. What is present archaeological thinking on its utility? Perhaps now used more for the focus on particular aspects rather than 'civilisation' per se - the implications are critical. 

A CREDOC meeting will be organised at the research seminar to debate current archaeological thinking on the utility of the concept of civlisation from different perspectives (eg scale, stage, transformation, transmission etc.).

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.

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