The Annual Collegium Lecture

The Collegium Lecture is the HCAS’s main annual event and takes place every spring. The speakers are well-known global academic figures. The list of former lecturers includes, inter alia, Carolyn Abbate, Carlo Ginsburg, John Dunn, Joan Scott, Nikolas Rose, Nancy Frazer and Dipesh Chakrabarty.

The 2019 Collegium Lecture will be given on May 27, 2019 by Daniel Boyarin, historian of religion and professor of Talmudic culture at departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric at University of California, Berkeley. We will post more information on the lecture on this page and on our main events site.


Dipesh Chakrabarty

Watch the Collegium Lecture 2018 (see link below):

Dipesh Chakrabarty (Univ. of Chicago):

"The Difficulty of Being Modern: Thoughts on Our Time"

17, May 2018, The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

The Collegium Lecture 2018 was given by Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at University of Chicago. The lecture tracks some of the ethical difficulties of being modern at a time when collective human aspirations carry planetary implications. In the process, the lecture brings into conversation some post-human and post-colonial perspectives on modernity.

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty became known for his research on working-class history, for the Subaltern Studies Collective in which he was a founding member, and the book Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000), an important contribution to postcolonial theory and the study of modernity and globalization. His recent writings deal with the conditions of historiography and historical thought in the age of climate change.