Zoltán Boldizsár Simon is research fellow at Bielefeld University and 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 can be read 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 was published by Palgrave in 2020.
Zoltán is involved in a large variety of collaborative projects. 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 agenda-setting collaboration with Marek Tamm since 2017, which involves co-authored articles, co-editing a theme issue for the Journal of the Philosophy of History (2020) on "Historical Thinking and the Human" and a collective research programme / virtual issue for History and Theory (forthcoming in 2021) under the title "Historical Futures." Joining forces with the journal, the project features contributions in an experimental serial publishing format on a rolling basis in each issue of History and Theory over the course of the next couple of years.
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
2008-2014 Independent researcher
2003-2008 Studies in History
- ELTE, Budapest