Events

Events from 21 April, 2014

  • Date
    Time
    Event
  • 3rd May, 2014
    10.00am to 2.00pm

    The Foundations of Western Civilization: The Eastern Mediterranean in the 4th & 3rd Millennia BCE Lecture 1 Introduction - Ben Churcher

    In 2011 NEAF launched a series of Saturday lectures that were aimed at giving an overview of the development of Western Civilization from the 4th millennium BCE through to the 2nd millennium ACE. These series proved extremely popular and there were many requests for them to be repeated. We have decided to re-run these lectures for both members and for the wider public.
    The first of this series will consist of four lectures concentrating on the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE in the eastern Mediterranean.

  • 8th May, 2014 to 9th May, 2014

    Rocks, Bones and Ruins: Evidence in Historical Science

    Historical science is sometimes carried out under poor epistemic conditions: there is a dearth of direct evidence for theories about the deep past, as the downstream effects of many past events are scattered and degraded. Some philosophers and scientists are sceptical about our ability to uncover facts about the deep past, and yet, in the face of epistemic deprivation, historical scientists produce (at least sometimes) well-supported theories and hypotheses. This suggests that philosophers have underestimated the ingenuity of historical scientists. By incorporating approaches and evidence from a wide variety of disciplines, taking surrogative approaches such as analogous reasoning and modelling, and by weaving complex, interdependent explanations, they extend our reach into the past. The aim of this workshop is to extend our models of historical confirmation by considering two broad questions: (1) How should we understand evidence in the historical sciences? (2) How should this affect our optimism or otherwise about scientists’ abilities to uncover historical facts?

     

  • 10th May, 2014
    10.00 am - 2.00pm

    The Foundations of Western Civilization: The Eastern Mediterranean in the 4th & 3rd Millennia BCE Lecture 2 -The Levant- Stephen Bourke

     

    In 2011 NEAF launched a series of Saturday lectures that were aimed at giving an overview of the development of Western Civilization from the 4th millennium BCE through to the 2nd millennium ACE. These series proved extremely popular and there were many requests for them to be repeated. We have decided to re-run these lectures for both members and for the wider public.
    The first of this series will consist of four lectures concentrating on the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE in the eastern Mediterranean.

     

  • 17th May, 2014
    10.00am - 2.00pm

    The Foundations of Western Civilization: The Eastern Mediterranean in the 4th & 3rd Millennia BCE - Lecture 3 Mesopotamia -Wendy Reade

     

    In 2011 NEAF launched a series of Saturday lectures that were aimed at giving an overview of the development of Western Civilization from the 4th millennium BCE through to the 2nd millennium ACE. These series proved extremely popular and there were many requests for them to be repeated. We have decided to re-run these lectures for both members and for the wider public.
    The first of this series will consist of four lectures concentrating on the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE in the eastern Mediterranean.

     

  • 24th May, 2014
    10.00am - 2.00pm

    The Foundations of Western Civilization: The Eastern Mediterranean in the 4th & 3rd Millennia BCE - Lecture 4 - Egypt - Maree Browne

    In 2011 NEAF launched a series of Saturday lectures that were aimed at giving an overview of the development of Western Civilization from the 4th millennium BCE through to the 2nd millennium ACE. These series proved extremely popular and there were many requests for them to be repeated. We have decided to re-run these lectures for both members and for the wider public.
    The first of this series will consist of four lectures concentrating on the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE in the eastern Mediterranean