Paul K. Eiss

Small WorldsSAR Press PublicationSmall Worlds: Method, Meaning, & Narrative in MicrohistoryGrowing unease with grand theories of modernization and global integration brought twelve scholars from four disciplines to the School for Advanced Research for an experiment with the research genre known as microhistory. These authors now call for a return to narrative, detailed analysis on a small scale, and the search for unforeseen meanings embedded in cases.
Timely AssetsSAR Press PublicationTimely Assets: The Politics of Resources and Their TemporalitiesOil is running out. What’s more, its final depletion, once relegated to a misty future, now seems imminent. In all the more or less apocalyptic discussions of oil and similar depleted resources, nature, labor, and time converge. This volume focuses on how resources, resource-making, and resource-claiming are entangled with experiences of time.
2005, October 26–28
Short SeminarThe Politics of Resources and their TemporalitiesThe relationship between resources and temporalities was examined during this three-day seminar. Participants explored the process by which substances, knowledge, and people come to be defined and understood as resources in particular historical contexts.
2005, July 19–25
Short SeminarEvent, Place, and Narrative Craft: Method and Meaning in MicrohistoryThe research and writing genre known as microhistory provided this seminar a unique forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and experimentation with narrative styles; in locations ranging from West Africa, the Yucatán, medieval Italy, Argentina, and California, to Brazil, Virginia, Spain, and Boston, they showed how “small worlds” may conceal sweeping stories, rich in the details of daily life and capable of yielding unexpected depth of insight.

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