Sarah Simonsen

“Laudato si” and the Historic Roots of the Discourse on Global Inequality

by Julia McClure (HEC MW Fellow 2014-2015)

The Laudato si, the Encyclical letter released by the papacy last week, has been described as a call for all people, Christians and non Christians, for a cultural revolution against the ‘treacherous appetites of capitalism’, to save our planet from the disasters wrought by over-consumption and a utilitarian approach to the world.

Disassembling Archaeology, Reassembling the Modern World: Questions and Possibilities

A workshop to take place on 4 June 2015 Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence Organised by: Stéphane Van Damme (Professor of History of Science, European University Institute and William Carruthers (Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute) In recent years, historians of archaeology have started to identify the main steps in the genealogy […]

The Orient in eighteenth-century Vienna

By David Do Paco MW Fellow David Do Paco (HEC just published with the prestigious Voltaire Foundation in Oxford L’Orient à Vienne au dix-huitième siècle f. Here is a brief presentation of his work In 1780, the well-known publicist and publisher from Berlin, Friedrich Nicolai, noticed that in the Viennese suburb called Leopoldstadt: ‘one meets many Turkish men. […]

David Cameron: Houdini or Rogue Trader?

David Cameron’s election victory surprised everyone, but with hindsight appears obvious. As in every election since 1979, the British people voted for the more centrist of the two parties. Nevertheless victory presents the Prime Minister with an almost impossible dilemma. It appears that if he is to keep his country together, he must split his party but if he is to keep his party together he must split his country.

Worlds of Civil War: Globalizing Civil War in the Late Twentieth Century

Max Weber Occasional Talk Jointly organized with the Department of History and Civilization By David Armitage Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University 21 May 2015, 17:00-19:00 Badia, Emeroteca Abstract: This paper critically examines the “globalization” of civil war in three distinct, but overlapping, ways. First, civil wars became global phenomena, seemingly distributed across […]