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The Genealogical Methods Reading Group

The Genealogical Methods Reading Group is a collaboration by students across the Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of History, and Department of Sociology which aims to understand the nature and function of genealogical methods in each of these disciplines. Genealogical methods promise to trace the origins of our ideas and our practices. The plan of the reading group is to explore the promises, uses, and limits of such methods across more traditional disciplinary boundaries. 

We meet fortnightly on Tuesdays at 2-3pm in the Graduate Common Room in the Philosophy Faculty, on the third floor of the Raised Faculty Building. 

Organisers: Andi Schubert (sas250), Benedikt Pétursson (pbp28), and Henrik Røed Sherling (hrs53). 

Lent Term 2023 

January 31

Srinivasan, A. (2019). ‘Genealogy, Epistemology and Worldmaking’. 

February 14

Queloz, M. (2021). The Practical Origin of Ideas. Chapter 3, ‘When Genealogy Is Called For’.

February 28

Geroulanos, S. (2022). ‘History of the present: Or, two approaches to causality and contingency’. In Historical Understanding: Past, Present, and Future, Chapter 7.

March 14

Scott, D. (2017). ‘Preface: A Reparatory History of the Present’. Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 21, vii–x.