Trajectories of Modernity 10-11 March 2011


The workshop aims at advancing the analysis of the contemporary plurality of societal self-understandings and related institutional structures of polities in the current global context. It will analyze these self-understandings against the background of the historical trajectories – as sequences of socio-political transformations – of those societies. The analysis of multiple forms of modernity is the major challenge to current social and political theory and comparative-historical and political sociology. Scholars tend to either underestimate variation and succumb to ideas of global trends of ‘neo-modernization’ or overestimate historical continuities and provide some culturalist explanation of ‘civilizational’ difference.


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