The Betty Behrens Seminar on Classics of Historiography

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Date / time: 8 September - 30 September, 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm

West Court, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

The Betty Behrens Seminar on Classics of Historiography


Call for applications to participate in seminar, deadline – 6 September 2022

The Betty Behrens Seminar on Classics of Historiography offers a unique opportunity for students and scholars to reflect on some great historical works and engage in discussion with renowned experts.

The charming and refreshing atmosphere of the Richard Eden Suite in Clare Hall will be the location for the first three discussions. The last meeting will take place in Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, and will be followed by a tour of the Archive reading rooms and a glimpse behind the scenes.

Each meeting will last for three hours. The guest speaker will introduce the classic by talking for half an hour. After that, each participant will briefly express their understanding of the work by addressing some questions to the other participants and the guest speaker. In order to be ready for the dialogue, each participant is asked to read about fifty pages of the work under close scrutiny and then send a paper of 1,500-3,000 words to the seminar’s convener before each meeting. The selection of pages is chosen by the guest speaker and can be downloaded from the Clare Hall website:

There are only twelve posts available to guarantee the close dynamics of the discussion and the full involvement of the participants. Those interested may even apply for just one meeting. However, preference will be given to those who sign up for all four meetings. In addition, there will be space for a good number of auditors who will not actively participate. The sign-up deadline has been set as 6 September.

This seminar series – running on 8 September, 15 September, 22 September and 30 September – will endeavour to underline the importance of the Classics of Historiography for their relevant intellectual function in creating critical political thought.

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For any queries please contact Professor Davide Cadeddu (University of Milan), who is convening this seminar series, via