David Armitage: Long- and Short-Termism: The Benefits and Dangers for Politics, Economy and Science

12 May 2015 from 16:00 to 19:00 hrs
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
+ 31 20 551 0727
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Big is back, across a wide range of historical fields. Many historians are stretching space to create international, transnational and global histories. Others are expanding time to pursue Big History, Deep History and the history of the Anthropocene.


What explains this broadening of horizons? How might transnational and trans-temporal history be linked? And what do they mean for the future of history? David Armitage, known for his writings on international and intellectual history, Chair of the History Department and Professor of History at Harvard University, will reflect on these questions.

Organization Royal Academy and Graduate School of Humanities (VU University, Amsterdam).


  • David Armitage, keynote lecture
  • Inger Leemans (historian, VU University, Amsterdam)
  • Matthijs Bouman (economist and freelance journalist)

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