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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Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC)
104 Gordon House
29 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7522



CREDOC call for grants

Click here for staff and here for junior researchers. More information can be found here.

Deadline: 23 February 2015

The Homoerotics of Orientalism

A conversation with Joseph Boone

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Thursday 5th March 2015

Time: 5pm to 7pm

More information can be found here.

Civilisation and its Critiques: An Art-Historical Perspective

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Friday 13th March 2015

Time: 4pm to 6.30pm

Location: Chandler G10

More information can be found here.

The shape of ancient civilisation

Ian Morris (Professor of Classics, Stanford University)

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Thursday 26th March 2015

Time: 6pm to 7.45pm

More information can be found here.

Workshop: Antiquity’ and the dynamics of civilization

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Friday 27th March 2015

Time: 1-6pm

More information can be found here.

Watch Civilisation and its Critiques


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Join our network

Let us know your interest in civilisational issues. Send us details of your relevant research projects or proposals to put on our website. On IRIS you can associate the ‘Dynamics of Civilisation’ research theme with your own research profile. Any feedback on the Centre and our website would also be very welcome.

Suggest events

We will fund some large-scale public lectures, round-table discussions of provocative issues, workshops and other activities associated with research on the dynamics of civilisation. Send in your suggestions for any of these. We are looking especially for speakers and themes that address our key questions, engage with one or more of our key regions, provoke debate, and excite interest among researchers from across disciplines, regions and periods.

Apply for a grant

In the coming months, we will advertise a call for applications for grants to support , for example, the initiation or development of civilisational projects, a short residency at UCL for an external researcher, travel or archival visits.

Announce activities

Use our website to announce relevant events happening either within or outside UCL or to draw the attention of researchers to important news items.


Do you have a civilisational research project and are you applying for a funded phd studentship or post-doctoral fellowship at UCL? Then ask your host department to submit your application also to us. We will make an award of additional expenses (around £1,000) to a successful applicant to hold a civilisational event during their time at UCL. Postgraduates are very welcome to attend all of our events and to offer us information for the website and feedback.


Contact us about any ‘civilisation’ events you are running

All our events are open to professionals and the public

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