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)  

Venue:  Room 304, IHR third floor 

Time: Thursday, 5.30pm


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

Venue: Room 304, 3rd floor, IHR, Senate House

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

Venue: Room 304, 3rd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

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

Venue: Room 304, 3rd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

Spring Term 2015
DateSeminar details
22 January The idea of the margin in Sidney Pollard's economic history

Dave Renton (Garden Court Chambers)

Chair:  Richard Saville

5 February Karl Marx's method and the study of history

John Foster (University of the West of Scotland)

Chair:  Richard Saville

19 February Inventing History: Eric Hobsbaum on Nations and Classes

David Howell (University of York)

Chair:  Richard Saville

5 March Eric Williams and the Materialist approach to the history of slavery

Nuala Zahedieh (University of Edinburgh)

Chair:  Richard Saville

19 March John Richard Hicks and the theory of economic history

Richard Saville

Chair:  Helena Hammond