CRASSH Mellon Early Career Workshop Series on Comparatism

Every society uses comparison. When comparison becomes a self-conscious and theoretically self-reflective practice, we have comparatism. Many academics are concerned with the practice and methods of comparison; and the need for a cognitively robust relativism is an integral part of a mature historical self-placement.

Michaelmas Term 2018: Territory and Cosmology

Tuesdays 12.00-2.00pm starting on Tuesday 9 October until Tuesday 27 November in room SG2 in the Alison Richard Building, where CRASSH is located.

Course Directors
Philippe Descola (Professor of Anthropology, Collège de France)
Renaud Gagné
(Reader in Classics, Cambridge)

This course will look at how representations and experiences of local bounded space interact with conceptions of the world as a whole in different cultures at different times. Texts, images, rituals, architecture and/or topographical configurations from specific case studies will be used to open various perspectives on this question. The course will set such individual analyses in a broader comparative frame to explore the social, cultural and political contexts and consequences of constructing territory with cosmology. Early career scholars are invited to apply to participate in what will be eight weekly seminars of two hours each. Participants will be expected to present material for discussion. Early career academics are defined as graduates who are in their third year and beyond, post-docs, junior research fellows, or any academic within seven years of their PhD. Applicants are welcome from any department or faculty in the university, especially from those with an interest in the problems of comparative methodology.

How to Apply
The deadline for applications is 12pm on Thursday 27 September 2018. No paper or emailed applications can be accepted. In order for your application to be considered by the Selection Committee, we must receive a completed application via the online application system, including a letter of support from your  nominated referee by the deadline.

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