This is the online home of a reading group in the Philosophy of History, based in Bloomsbury, generously supported by the Department of History, Birkbeck College.

We meet on average three times a term, in different locations, on an informal basis, with readings kept short whenever possible. The group is open to anyone with an interest in historical subjects and their methodology.

Typical members of the group have been research students, staff or associates of the Birkbeck Schools of History, Philosophy, the History of Art, UCL, King’s, the Courtauld or the London Consortium. We have so far explored figures as diverse as Walter Benjamin, Hayden White and Jared Diamond. To look through previous readings please explore the blog.

The group was started in 2006 by Daniel Wilson, and is currently being run jointly by Victoria Powell, Madisson Brown and Neil Penlington, research students, in the Birkbeck Department of History.

For more information, ideas or suggestions please contact

victoriapowell1-AT-googlemail.com; madissonlbrown-AT-hotmail.co.uk; nrpenlington-AT-yahoo.com

The banner image above is a detail from Dani Karavan, “Hommage à Walter Benjamin” at the place of his death at Port Bou, in Catalonia.


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