2017-18 Series

The Theory and Practice of History at Wesleyan University provides information about a seminar series, talks, and other local endeavors connected to the theory and philosophy of history as well as issues of historiography and its history, including the methodology, style, and form of historical research and writing. Its aim is to stimulate reflection on these subjects within the university and the region and to help to channel and accelerate wider discussion of these topics.

First, however, it is the home of the Wesleyan Seminar on the Theory and Practice of History, supported by Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities and the Department of History.

The 2017-18 seminar series will meet four times across the year, usually on Thursdays, and will feature an exciting international and interdisciplinary line up of scholars.

For further information or a copy of the papers once they become available, contact Gary Shaw at gshaw@wesleyan.edu. Here are the dates and current topics. Upcoming Meetings will be at 45 Wyllys Avenue, (Boger Hall) room 113.

Starting time for all sessions is 4:30.

September 18: Gary Wilder, City University of New York, Graduate Center: “The Place of Time in the Practice of History”

March 8: Jonas Grethlein, Heidelberg University, “The Universal in the Particular: A Core Dilemma of Historicism in Antiquity”

April 12: Beatrice Han-Pile, Sussex University, “Hope and Agency”

May 3: Nancy Rose Hunt, University of Florida, “Ideation and Historical Writing”