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R. Joseph Holt

C. Phil., UCLA, 2009; A.M., History, Stanford University, 2001; MALS (Liberal Studies), Reed College, 1996; A.B., History, University of California, Davis, 1993

Fax: 310-206-7833
E-mail: rjholt@ucla.edu


Early Modern and Modern Europe; Intellectual and Cultural

Research Interests

17th-19th centuries; Enlightenment, esp. in Scotland and Germany; history of the human sciences; travel narrative, exploration, and cross-cultural encounters; comparative empire; global history; political thought; history of philosophy; and, theories of the self. Dissertation: globalization, empire, and Enlightenment anthropological thought.


"The Absent Ground of Meaning in Wirrungen, Irrungen," in Cultural Codes in Flux: New Approaches to Theodor Fontane, ed. Marion Doebeling (Camden House, 2000).


Peter Reill
David Sabean
Anthony Pagden
Patrick Coleman

Conference Presentations

"Mediating Mankind: Vitalism and the Anthropological Turn in the Thought of Adam Smith," 25th Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, Columbia, SC, April 2012

"Global Sympathies/Provincial Sociabilities: Civil Society Between Imperial Center and Worldwide Empire," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver BC, March 2011

"Savages Among Philosophers: The Politics of Progress in the Scottish Enlightenment's Science of Man," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Richmond, Virginia 2009

"Childhood Memory and/as the Uncanny in German Romanticism," Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Utrecht, The Netherlands 1996

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