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Conference: Long-Term Processes in Human History. Central Questions and Contemporary Perspectives

Friday 1 December 2023, 15:30-17:00. Drinks afterwards.
Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study (NIAS), venue to be announced.
Korte Spinhuissteeg 3, Amsterdam.

We hereby cordially invite you to a symposium on the occasion of the publication of a special issue of the journal Historical Social Research (vol. 48, 2023/1) on ‘Long-Term Processes in Human History’. This issue, edited by Johan Heilbron and Nico Wilterdink, contains a selection of contributions to the three-day conference on long-term processes held in memory of Joop Goudsblom at the KNAW building in Amsterdam last March. Besides a comprehensive introduction by the editors and two papers by Goudsblom, the issue includes contributions by David Christian, John R. McNeill, Abram de Swaan and Randall Collins, among others.

Nico Wilterdink will open the meeting with a presentation of this issue. He will discuss the current state of research on long-term processes and how this might contribute to the clarification of pressing contemporary problems. Then historian Peer Vries will comment, suggest additions and put forward alternative interpretations. The final part of the meeting is reserved for discussion.

The symposium will be followed by drinks. Participants can take away a free copy of the discussed issue here, while stocks last.

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