History seminars at the IHR

Philosophy of History

This seminar is open to all those interested in the philosophy of history, broadly construed (including historiography, historical theory, methodology). Meetings take place five times in the Autumn and five in the Spring Terms, on alternate Thursdays in Room 104, the Professor Olga Crisp room, of the IHR. They start at 5.30 and last about two hours. For further information, contact Dr. Robert Burns on socrates.1rmburns@btinternet.com.

Convenors: Robert Burns (Goldsmiths), Helena Hammond (Roehampton), Mark Mason (Chichester), Kalle Pihlainen (Åbo, Finland) and Richard Saville (London)

Venue:  Professor Olga Crisp Room, 104, on the first floor

Time: Thursday, 5.30pm

For Spring Term 2015 Richard Saville is organizing a series of papers on
the theme of 'The Philosophy of Economic History'.

Some podcasts from this Seminar are available online

Autumn Term 2014
DateSeminar details
9 October A Quasi-Substantive Philosophy of History

Zoltán Boldizsár Simon (Doctoral Research Associate, Graduate School in History and Sociology, University of Bielefeld)

Chair: Kalle Pihlainen


23 October Domesticating the Foreign Country: Making the Past Present

David Lowenthal (Emeritus Professor, University College London)

Chair: Helena Hammond


6 November Impossible Histories: Derrida, the (Re)turn of Religion in Cultural Criticism, and Messianic Historical Theory

Mark Mason (Department of History, University of Chichester)

Chair: Robert Burns


20 November Written out of history: on reclaiming lyric theatre as the theory and practice of history

Helena Hammond (Senior Lecturer, Department of Dance, University of Roehampton)

Chair: Robert Burns


4 December On Truth, or do we need a pragmatist philosophy of history?

Marek Tamm (Associate Professor of Cultural History, Tallinn University, Estonia)

Chair: Kalle Pihlainen