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Heuss Lecture: Global Transformations of Time in the 19th Century

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

The nineteenth century witnessed a fundamental transformation of notions of time on a global scale. Around the world, time-hallowed practices of time measurement and of time-related cosmologies had to come to terms with a new global regime.

This new time regime constituted a four-fold revolution, introducing the concepts of standardization, global synchronicity, progressive time, and deep historical time.

In this talk, Sebastian Conrad will argue that this temporal revolution cannot be equated with the diffusion of European temporality, but needs to be understood as a multifaceted response to global challenges.


Sebastian Conrad is the Spring 2017 Visiting Heuss Professor. He is Chair of Modern History at Freie Universität Berlin and his research interests include trans-national and global history approaches and their contribution to an understanding of the interactions and entanglements of the past; colonialism and post-colonialism; trans-nationalism; intellectual history; and memory.


The Theodor Heuss Professorship was established by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1967 to honor past German President Theodor Heuss and acknowledge his special relationship to the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science (now the New School for Social Research).

Sponsored by The New School for Social Research

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