"Boundaries of History" - Open Lecture by Ab Imperio Award Winner Prof. Krishan Kumar (University of Virginia): "Empires in World History"
On October 4, 18:30 pm, Professor Krishan Kumar will give a public lecture “Empires in World History”.
Empires have been among the most frequent and longest-lasting political formations in human history. They are marked by diversity and plurality. Their study has much to teach us about relations between rulers and ruled, and about the management of diverse peoples and cultures. This talk argues that their has been a tradition of empire, in which succeeding empires have learned from each other as well as aspiring to be different from their predecessors. While that has been particularly true of Western empires, deriving from the Roman model, it has also been true of Islamic empires, and of the Chinese empire. Indeed one can talk about Eurasian empires, rather than simply “Western” and “Eastern: empires. The talk will conclude with some observations on what the study of empires can teach us about our own condition today.
Working language: English
Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
Krishan Kumar is University Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Previously he was Professor of Social and Political Thought at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bergen, Bristol, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the Central European University. Among his publications are Utopia and and Anti-Utopia in Modern Times (1987), 1989: Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals (2001), The Making of English National Identity (2003, and Visions of Empire: How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World (2017). This most recent book was a co-winner of the 2018 Barrington Moore Prize, awarded by the American Sociological Association, for the best work in comparative and historical sociology. It also won the Ab Imperio award for the best book on empires published in 2017-18.