The Global Revolution of Time in the Nineteenth Century

Fourth Max Weber Lecture
Speaker: Sebastian Conrad (Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, FU Berlin)
30 January 2020, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

Organised by the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Jadavpur University and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata.

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 argued that this temporal revolution cannot be equated with the diffusion of European temporality, but it needs to be understood as a multifaceted response to global challenges.

The talk scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 27 January had to be cancelled, due to the speaker falling ill.
Lecture Poster



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