Annual Conference Talk: Michael Geyer, After the “Provincialization of Europe”. The Time of World in Marshall G. S. Hodgson’s Work on Islamicate Societies and World History

From 7 to 9 December 2017, the Annual Conference 2017 “Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context” of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung took place at the Maison de France, Berlin.

The conference was convened by Thomas Maissen (Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris), Barbara Mittler (Heidelberger Centrum für Transkulturelle Studien, Forum Transregionale Studien), and Pierre Monnet (Institut franco-allemand de sciences historiques et sociales). It brought together scholars from various disciplines and countries with the purpose to uncover some of the dynamics behind particular cultural and historical uses of periodisation schemes, as concepts for ordering the past, and thus to reconsider these terminologies.

Michael Geyer held his talk “After the “Provincialization of Europe”. The Time of World in Marshall G. S. Hodgson’s Work on Islamicate Societies and World History” during the Annual Conference “Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context” (Berlin, 7-9 December 2017). He introduced Marshall Hodgson’s life-long exploration of questions of temporality, periodicity and historicity in the context of his published work on Islamicate Societies and his mostly unpublished work on world and global history. Chronopolitics, which Hodgson developed, is the term that Geyer focused his ideas on.

Michael Geyer is Samuel N. Harper Professor Emeritus of German and European History at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focus on twentieth-century German and European history, with a sub-focus on multinational history and the history of humanitarian movements. Geyer earned his PhD in 1976 at the Albrecht-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, in 1976. After a postdoc position at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, he taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor until 1986, when he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago. Geyer has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is an honoree of the Humboldt Forschungspreis, and was a DaimlerChrysler Fellow in spring 2004 at the American Academy in Berlin.

The Annual Conference 2017 on “Chronologics” was part of the strategic cooperation between the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung. It was supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and arranged in a cooperation with the Einstein Center Chronoi, the Institut français Berlin and the Graduate School Global Intellectual History at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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