Philosophy of History

Venue: Room N304, 3rd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

Time: Thursday 17:30

Convenors: Robert Burns (Goldsmiths), James Connelly (Hull University), Helena Hammond (Roehampton), Mark Mason (Chichester) and Kalle Pihlainen (Åbo, Finland).

The Philosophy of History Seminar offers a forum for reflection on the nature of historicity as such, both in socio-cultural formations and in individual human existence. It seeks to explore the nature of historical understanding, interpretation, and explanation, and thereby foster reflective and critical reappraisal of the enterprise of historical research and writing in all its forms. Established in 2000, it has always welcomed all those with an interest in the philosophy of history, broadly and diversely construed. It normally meets at the IHR on five Thursday evenings in the Autumn Term, and five in the Spring Term, and also occasionally organizes day colloquia and conferences on specific topics. From the beginning of 2019 it intends to extend its activities to promoting, developing and maintaining a network of scholars and researchers in the philosophy of history, nationally and internationally,  through the employment of social media, including a Twitter account, a Facebook page and a digital repository. Together they will provide a platform for initiating and maintaining communication by hosting or linking to the seminar programme, bibliographies, draft papers and responses, and an archive of papers and past programmes.

Autumn Term 2018
DateSeminar details
27 September
17:30
Reflections on the Role of the IHR Philosophy of History Seminar in the Twenty-First Century
Robert Burns (Goldsmiths)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR

11 October
17:30
The Forbidden Subject: Purpose and Possibility of Intellectual Biography
James Connelly (University of Hull)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR

25 October
17:30
The Climate of Historicization: Remarks on the Sense of History in the Anthropocene
Alexandre Leskanich (Royal Holloway, University of London)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR

8 November
17:30
History and Judicial Reasoning
Ramses Delafontaine (Ghent University)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR

6 December
17:30
Going the Other Way: Justice, Global Political Projects, and the Grand Historical Philosophical Imagination
Ben Dorfman (Aalborg University)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR

Spring Term 2019
DateSeminar details
17 January
17:30
Magic, Emotion and Practical Metabolism: Existential Anthropology after Sartre and Collingwood
Tom Greaves (University of East Anglia)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR

31 January
17:30
From Commonwealth to Gross Domestic Product: history though the lens of national income
Warren Oliver (Unaffiliated Researcher)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR

14 February
17:30
Reformulating the “narrativist” challenge to history
Kalle Pihlainen (University of Tallinn)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR

28 February
17:30
Migration tales: un-historying the forgotten
Claire Norton (St Mary's University), Mark Donnelly (St Mary's University)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR

14 March
17:30
The Frankfurt School at the US Office of Strategic Services: Propaganda and Psychological Warfare, 1943-45
Jo Fox (IHR)
IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, IHR