The Essentialisms Blog stems from an international day of workshops held at the University of Exeter, UK in May 2010 on the Roles of Essentialism in Science and Culture.  The term ‘essentialism’ has accrued a variety of meanings through usage in different disciplines and has sometimes been associated with repressive politics – perhaps unjustifiably so.  The May workshops sought to open dialogue between disciplines on the uses and contexts of this most fraught term.  This blog aims to continue the discussion on what essentialism has come to mean, and how these models of essentialism shape science, history, culture and society.

This blog is run by University of Exeter PHD candidates Will Abberley and Demelza Hookway (Department of English).  You can reach them on wha201@exeter.ac.uk or djh211@exeter.ac.uk.


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