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Masterclass ‘The Concept of Progress: New Explorations’


Masterclass ‘The Concept of Progress: New Explorations’ with Prof. Tyson Retz

In February 2022, Prof. Tyson Retz  will publish his new book on the concept of Progress in the series Cambridge Elements in Historical Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press). With this book project, he explores the idea of progress within different conceptions of history. This masterclass offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at how a book publication at Cambridge University Press comes into being. It offers you the opportunity to reflect on the topic of progress (its overall history and current views) and to provide critical feedback on a draft of a manuscript which will be published shortly afterwards.


10.15 hrs: Introduction by Maria Grever

10.35 hrs: Lecture by prof. dr. Tyson Retz

11.15 hrs: ** Break **

11.30 hrs: Q&R by participants

12.00 hrs: Comments and discussion by participants on the draft manuscript

12:45  hrs: Lunch with participants

Beforehand, participants will be asked to will read the draft (70 p.) in advance and have submitted a small paper of 800-900 words before 1 December, in the form of a review. During the event they listen to the lecture, ask questions and give their comments on the draft manuscript, in the knowledge that their feedback will really be taken into account.


Tyson Retz obtained his PhD (2016) from the University of Melbourne, where he was also a postdoctoral fellow. He is the author of Empathy and History (Berghahn 2018)a dual exploration of empathy’s intellectual and educational history, as well as numerous articles on core problems in historical theory and method. His current book project explores the idea of progress within different conceptions of history. Visiting appointments have taken him to the University of British Columbia (2014) and Tallinn University (2018).


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