Hartog : the Temporality of Museums After French Revolution

Speaker: François Hartog  École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)

Host: Guillaume Dutournier (ERCCS)  Kang Chong   (OCAT Institute)

Language: French

Interpreter: Wang Kun , Professor , School of French Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Time: 15:00, April 10th (Tuesday)

Venue: Round Conference Room, OCAT Institute



The past 40 years is probably the most successful period museums have experienced, during which they went through the most dramatic changes almost everywhere in the world. How does the understanding of such great and complex changes influence the temporal relations in different society? What have museums experienced since French Revolution—an incident utilized in every possible way to be brought into the present and create new events?

François Hartog, Professor Emeritus of EHESS, is especially invited to discuss on the temporality of museums after French Revolution. The lecture is jointly hosted by European Research Center for Chinese Studies (EFEO Beijing Centre and Max Weber Foundation/China Branch Office ), the Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and OCAT Institute.



Speaker’s Biography 

François Hartog, born in 1946, is a French historian. He is the Teaching Director of EHESS, and a member of History Research Institute. He was awarded a Legion of Honor.

In his early years, François Hartog studied Ancient Greek history and carried out a series of studies in the compilation of ancient and modern history. He has been exploring the temporality of social and historical forms for the past 15 years.


Major Publications

Historicity Regimes. Presentism and Time Experiences (Le Seuil, 2003)

Leaving for Greece (Flammarion, 2015)

The Nation, Religion, the Future: In the Footsteps of Ernest Renan (Gallimard, 2017)