The 2006 Holberg Symposium: "The Processes that Change the World"

The Holberg Symposium was held in honour of Holberg Laureate Shmuel Eisenstadt. The main topic of the event was: "The Processes that Change the World" The program was divided into four sessions.


1: Global History, Axial Civilisations, and the Modern Age

Jack A. Goldstone
Professor of Sociology, George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia

Jonathan Friedman
Professor of Anthropology, Lund University and at L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.

Sverre Bagge
Professor of History and Director of the Centre of Medieval Studies, the University of Bergen.

Johann P. Arnason
Professor of Sociology, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

2: One or Many Modernities: The Idea of Multiple Modernities

Donald Levine
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago.

Bernhard Giesen
Professor of Sociology, University of Konstanz.

Shalini Randeria
Professor of Anthropology, University of Zurich.

Jeffrey Alexander
Professor of Sociology, Yale University.

Fredrik Barth
Professor of Anthropology, University of Boston.

Part 3: Contemporary Modernities and their Civilizational Backgrounds

Rajeev Bhargava Professor of Political Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Said Amir Arjomand
Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Shalini Randeria
Professor of Anthropology, the University of Zurich.

Luis Roniger
Professor of Political Science, Wake Forest University.

Nina Witoszek-FitzPatrick
Research Professor, the University of Oslo.

Concluding remarks Shmuel N. Eisenstadt

Part 4: Modernity and Barbarism: Reflections on the 20th Century and on the Future

Yehuda Elkana
Professor i vitenskapshistorie, president og rektor ved Det Sentral Europeiske Universitetet, Budapest.

Georg Klein
Professor of Medicine (tumor biology), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Bernt Hagtvet
Professor i statsvitenskap, Universitetet i Oslo.

Jeffrey Alexander
Professor i sosiologi, Universitetet i Yale.

Concluding remarks Shmuel N. Eisenstadt


Per Gynt, The Grieg Hall, Bergen
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