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About

The Genealogies of Modernity Blog seeks to motivate and organize a critical, cross-disciplinary inquiry into influential narratives of the origins of “modernity” in the humanities. Housed within the broader Genealogies of Modernity project, sponsored by the Collegium Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania, the project recognizes that the stories we tell ourselves about the passage to modernity are many and often conflicting even within one discipline. Attention to the complexity of the intertwined genealogies of the present opens the possibility to forge a new relation to the past and find discover resources for life-giving responses in the present. The blog will offer a place for graduate students, early career and established scholars to parse these narratives and to make legible the intellectual and cultural "kinships" that often unconsciously subtend these narratives through accounts of genealogy, critical reviews, and questionnaires.