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Seminar on Academic Knowledge: Past and Future


Photo Credit: The Library of Babel by Erik Desmazières

The humanities and the social sciences are facing an uncertain future at universities as undergraduate enrollment has been steadily declining over the past decade. At the same time, a renewed debate is challenging the exclusionary and oppressive histories surrounding the formation of academic knowledge and the role academia plays in preserving these legacies. This interdisciplinary seminar will convene scholars who study the history of academic disciplines to reflect meaningfully on their uncertain present and future.

This seminar welcomes presentations on new work and works in progress in the history and politics of academic knowledge. It will bring together scholars from different fields, including history, anthropology, and literature, to reflect on the ways in which disciplinary knowledge has historically been invested in the fashioning and contestation of subjectivities, legal orders, nations, and empires in Europe and beyond.


Seminar Events Calendar

Upcoming events in this series will be posted here shortly.

"European Knowledge in Indian Tongues": Translating Political Economy in Colonial Delhi, c. 1840 Seminar on Academic Knowledge: Past and Future — "European Knowledge in Indian Tongues": Translating Political Economy in Colonial Delhi, c. 1840
December 2, 2021
5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Osama Siddiqui – Assistant Professor, History and Classics Department, Providence College
  • Gili Kliger – Ph.D. Student in History & Teaching Fellow in Social Studies, Harvard University ; Graduate Student Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Charles Clavey – Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University; Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
The Gender Question: Populism, Reproduction and the Crisis of Representation Seminar on Academic Knowledge: Past and Future — The Gender Question: Populism, Reproduction and the Crisis of Representation
November 8, 2021
5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Camille Robcis – Professor of History and French, Department of History, Columbia University
  • Arthur Goldhammer – Writer & Translator; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Charles Clavey – Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University; Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
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