SYNCHRONIZING TIMES

The Lectures in this series engage with concepts such as synchronization, periodization, modernity and colonialism. Students will learn about cutting edge concepts in history and theory, as well as how these concepts are being used in understanding historical processes in the present, as well as giving shape to historical studies as a field.




Series 1 Lecture 01: Helge Jordheim | Synchronizing the World: Multiple Times and the Work of Synchronization

SPEAKER

Helge Jordheim is Professor of Cultural History and Museology at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

ABSTRACT

The lecture lays out some fundamental ideas about multiple times and synchronization, zooming in on the work performed to align different times and the tools used to achieve it. Most of the examples discussed are taken from 18th-century historiography, understood as a practice of synchronization, involving both concepts and diagrams.





Series 1 Lecture 02: Einar Wigen | Progress and Synchronization in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey

SPEAKER

Einar Wigen is associate professor of Turkish studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. As well as being trained as an Ottomanist, he holds one MA in political science from the University of Oslo, and another in peace and conflict studies from EPU, Austria. He is the author of State of Translation. Turkey in Interlingual Relations (University of Michigan Press, 2018).

ABSTRACT

This lecture focuses on the concept of "Modernity" and the processes of synchronization, with a focus on Ottoman Empire and Turkey





Series 1 Lecture 03: Suzanne Marchand | Herodotus and the Quest to Synchronize Ancient Oriental Prehistory

SPEAKER

Suzanne Marchand is Boyd Professor of European Intellectual History at Louisiana State University. More

ABSTRACT

This lecture presents the fascinating history of the attempts to synchronize ancient Oriental prehistory during the European Enlightenment





Series 1 Lecture 04: Margrit Pernau | Synchronization and Periodization

SPEAKER

Margrit Pernau is Senior Researcher at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development. More

ABSTRACT

This lecture returns to the role of periodization in historical enquiry, and offers a way to think with both synchronization and periodization.