Short Bio

Zoltán Boldizsár Simon is a research fellow and a board member of the Center for Theories in Historical Research at Bielefeld University and an assistant professor at Leiden University.

He has written extensively on the theory and philosophy of history, on historical time and questions of temporality, and on the challenges posed by technology and the Anthropocene to modern historical thinking. His articles appeared in the journals History and Theory, European Journal of Social Theory, Anthropocene Review, History of the Human Sciences, Rethinking History, European Review of History, the Journal of the Philosophy of History, and the Journal of Social History.

Zoltán's first book History in Times of Unprecedented Change: A Theory for the 21st Century came out in 2019 with Bloomsbury. His second book The Epochal Event: Transformations in the Entangled Human, Technological, and Natural Words is coming out with Palgrave in 2020.

Zoltán is engaged in a large variety of collaborative projects. Currently, he is editing a volume on the current shape of historical understanding, together with Lars Deile. With Kirill Postoutenko and Willibald Steinmetz, he is putting together a special issue for Time and Society (2021) with the title "Temporal Comparisons: Evaluating the World through Historical Time." Finally, Zoltán is engaged in a large-scale and long-term collaboration with Marek Tamm, which involves co-authored articles, co-editing a theme issue for the Journal of the Philosophy of History (forthcoming in 2020) on "Historical Thinking and the Human" and a virtual issue for History and Theory (forthcoming in 2021).

04/2020- ERC Preparatory Fellowship at Bielefeld University

08/2019- Assistant professor at Leiden University

10/2018- Deputy speaker of the Center for Theories in Historical Research at Bielefeld University (board member since January 2017)

04/2018-10/2018 Research fellowship

10/2017-12/2017 Research associate at Bielefeld University

    Historicism and Constructionism: Two Ideas of Historical Change. Project within SFB 1288 / Practices of Comparing: Ordering and Changing the World

04/2014-09/2017 Doctoral research associate at the BGHS

2008-2014 Independent researcher

2003-2008 Studies in History

    ELTE, Budapest