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American Historian and Literary Scholar Hayden White to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin

Award Ceremony at Department of Philosophy and Humanities on June 9, 2015

№ 155/2015 from Jun 01, 2015

The highly regarded American historian and literary scholar Professor Hayden White will receive an honorary doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin. The award will be presented by the Department of Philosophy and Humanities in a public ceremony on June 9. With this award the Department is recognizing White's contributions to the analysis of the rhetorical and narrative structures of (German) historical writing of the 19th century. Hayden White is currently professor emeritus at the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a professor of comparative literature at Stanford University. He will give a talk entitled “Outcasts, Monsters und Simulacra of History: A Meditation on the Relation between History and Literature.” The event will be held in English, and admission is free. Due to the limited number of seats, advance sign up is requested. Please send an email by June 5, 2015, to if you are interested in attending.

White’s most well-known works include Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (1973), Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism (1979), The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (1987), and Figural Realism (1999). His latest work, The Practical Past, was published in 2014. White takes on issues of historiography in scholarly and literary formats. He has also been instrumental in international social debates about the status of political utopias or the forms of public memory.

Professor Hayden White has long maintained close academic connections to Berlin. In recent years he was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of North American Studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute and a Fellow at the American Academy. He has accepted invitations to the Center for Literary and Cultural Research.

Further Information

Time and Location

  • Henry Ford Building at Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall A, Gary Street 35, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz, U3.
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 6 p.m.