Dynamics of Civilisation


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Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC)
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29 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PP
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NEWS AND EVENTS


CIVILISATION AND ITS CRITIQUES

CREDOC Seminar 1: Civilisation in Political Thought

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Thursday 23th October 2014

Time: 5.30-7pm

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology, room 612

31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY 

7-8pm Reception in Archaeology Senior Common Room.

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Civilisation, Infrastructure and the City (generously supported by CREDOC)

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Friday 7th November 2014

Time: 9:30am - 4.30pm

Location: University College London, Taviton 433, 16 Taviton Street

London WC1H 0BW

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A CREDOC Lecture: Wendy Doniger

Hinduism: Civilisations in Contest and Conflict

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Thursday 13th November 2014

Time: 6.30-8pm

Location: Gordon Street (25) E28 Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre

followed by a reception from 8-9pm, Location: Gordon House 106

University College London, Gower St, London WC1H 0PY

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CIVILISATION & ITS CRITIQUES: Horizons of History

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Friday 14th November 2014

Time: 2-5pm, with a reception from 5-6pm

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology, Staff common room

31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY 

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Civilisation and its critiques: Perspectives from Archaeology

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Monday 8th December 2014

Time: 4pm

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

University College London, Gower St, London WC1H 0PY

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Research into the dynamics of civilisation

  • incorporates both temporal and spatial scale (negotiating geographies, materials, peoples, and infrastructures spread over long periods and distances)
  • offers intellectual complexity (providing a wide open space for cross-disciplinary thinking: an opportunity to engage with big questions of origins, development, environment, history, culture, science, technology and sustainability, responses to which cannot be easily polarised between the humanities and the sciences)
  • and embraces controversy (because ‘civilisation’ is a problematic concept that requires reflexive thinking and radical responses to the oppositions with which it has been associated, whether West/East, primitive/civilised, or ancient/modern).

Many civilisational research projects are being conducted at UCL. CREDOC is focusing its activity particularly on four regions and three sets of cross-regional questions.


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