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.
Helge Jordheim is Professor of Cultural History and Museology at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.
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.
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).
This lecture focuses on the concept of "Modernity" and the processes of synchronization, with a focus on Ottoman Empire and Turkey