The Center on Modernity in Transition (COMIT) is an interdisciplinary research organization that examines the intellectual foundations of modern society and explores their possible transformation.

We believe the diverse crises facing humanity call for fundamental changes, not just of policies and socioeconomic structures, but also at the level of thought.

Our research program is animated by the idea of modernity as an age of transition towards a future world society—one that will emerge not through the universalization of any existing way of life, but rather through the sustained, creative, and complexly interacting contributions of all the diverse cultures and peoples of the world.

Speaker Series

COMIT’s speaker series bring together leading thinkers and practitioners to engage the pressing questions and dilemmas confronting humanity today.
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Upcoming events

In Spring 2023, COMIT presents two online series: Reimagining the University and Rural Transformations.

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COMIT’s advances a range of complementary research projects, each motivated by the possibility of a future world civilization that expresses the inherent oneness and essential diversity of humankind.
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COMIT convenes its events in collaboration with distinguished partners