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EIHS Symposium: Chaos and Clamor: An Introduction

Friday, October 23, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM
Chaos and clamor resist our analytical grasp. They invoke a liminality that can be disruptive of, and also a provocation to, stability and order. Yet their outcomes are seldom predictable. It is precisely as threshold moments that they acquire their historical charge. Chaos and clamor, a public outcry or protestation, brings into focus the challenge of historical change: the often unexpected manner in which seemingly stable political and social orders can be suddenly made, unmade, and re-made. This theme invites us to offer new inflections on long-standing debates about the nature of history itself, the relative weight of individual and collective actions, of discrete events and moments, and of longer-term historical trends. This semester we explore the disorganization that propels history and our approach towards it.


Howard Brick (Louis Evans Chair in US History, University of Michigan)
Katherine French (J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History, University of Michigan)
Ellen Muehlberger (Professor of History and Middle East Studies, University of Michigan)
Mrinalini Sinha, chair (Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History, University of Michigan)

Note: This event was rescheduled from September 11 to October 23.

Free and open to the public. This is a remote event and will take place online via Zoom. Please register in advance here:

This event is part of the Friday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: History
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

The Thursday Series is the core of the institute's scholarly program, hosting distinguished guests who examine methodological, analytical, and theoretical issues in the field of history. 

The Friday Series consists mostly of panel-style workshops highlighting U-M graduate students. On occasion, events may include lectures, seminars, or other programs presented by visiting scholars.

The insitute also hosts other historical programming, including lectures, film screenings, author appearances, and similar events aimed at a broader public audience.