Center for Historical Research

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The Ohio State University Center for Historical Research provides a stimulating intellectual environment for studying important historical issues around the world.  Each year the Center brings together scholars from various disciplines to examine issues of broad contemporary relevance in historical perspective.  The annual program of the Center is organized around a central theme, which will be explored through a series of seminars.  Since history is inherently a discipline that draws inspiration from the research methods of other academic disciplines, seminar leaders will be drawn from a range of fields whose scholarship relates to the annual themes, such as anthropology, art history, law, literary and cultural studies, philosophy, political science, geography and economics.  The Center will also involve colleagues at Ohio State from history and other departments, since most of the annual themes proposed have broad interdisciplinary appeal. We welcome proposals for seminars aligned with our program theme.

Director: Sara Butler

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Announcing our 2023-2025 Program:

With the rise of political protests and populist movements, it has become a journalistic commonplace to argue that we live in an “age of anger.” For historians, this widespread use of “anger” as an explanation for most social movements, from populist protests to human rights or social rights mobilizations, raises many questions.

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