Theory and Empiricism. Approaches to History between Description and Abstraction

International Conference in Basel, October 8-9, 2015. With Jürgen Kocka, Carolyn J. Dean, Gabrielle Spiegel and others. Organized by the Basel Graduate School of History, University of Basel and the Graduate Program of History, University of Zurich.

How much theory and how much empiricism are needed for the study of the past? This old question continues to engage historians around the globe and –as our conference program suggests – the answers vary widely.