"Global Transformations of Time in the Nineteenth Century" - Sebastian Conrad

Event date: 
April 19, 2017 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Sebastian Conrad
Free University, Berlin
Seminar Series: 
Global History Workshop
Co-Sponsored by: 
Program in East Asian Studies and the Center for Collaborative History

"Global Transformations of Time in the Nineteenth Century"

Sebastian Conrad, Free University - Berlin

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, of global synchronicity, of progressive time, and of deep historical time. In this talk, Sebastian Conrad will argue that this temporal revolution can not be equated with the diffusion of European temporality, but needs to be understood as a multifaceted response to global challenges.

Area of Interest: 
19th Century