The IHS is pleased to announce our brand new open-ended series of online Discussion Colloquia for “The World History of Liberalism!” In this program, students will be given the opportunity to apply for the entire series or just those topics which interest them the most, and every month we will gather together online to discuss an important book or short series of articles.

World history is necessarily interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from across the humanities; and liberalism has been integral—fundamental, even—to world history. Here we will shift endlessly across time and space, discovering kernels of liberalism everywhere from ancient China to the English Civil Wars, challenging ourselves to think much more richly, deeply, and widely about what exactly liberalism is, what is has been, where it’s gone, and where it’s heading.

Sessions will take place as close to the final Monday of each month as possible from 3:00pm-5:00pm (ET) unless otherwise noted or updated.

  1. The Myth of Chinese Isolation (September 27, 2021)
    Di Cosmo, Ancient China and Its Enemies (Cambridge University Press). 2004.
  1. Comparative Revolutions (October 25, 2021)
    Crane Brinton, The Anatomy of Revolution (Vintage Books). 1965.
  1. Liberalism and Foucault (November 29, 2021)
    Discipline and Punish (Vintage Books). 1995.
  1. Islam and Human Liberty (December 27, 2021)
    Akyol, Reopening Muslim Minds (St. Martin’s Essentials). 2021.
  1. Feminism in the Islamic Tradition (January 31, 2022)
    Leila Ahmed, Women and Gender in Islam (Yale University Press). 1993.
  1. A Marxist on Modernity (February 28, 2022)
    Eric Wolf, Europe and the People Without History, (University of California Press). 2010.
  1. Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Long 18th Century (March 28, 2022)
    Rediker & Linebaugh, The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic (Beacon Press), 2013.
  1. Modern Asian Economies (April 25, 2022)
    Reading TBD.

Learn more about how IHS Discussion Colloquia are designed for advancing graduate students and faculty members seeking in-depth discussions about specialized topics in the classical liberal tradition.


Thank you for your interest. This program is now filled.

Please see some of our other Discussion Colloquia that may be of interest to you.