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2012/2013

Fortschritt. Bildung. Kultur. Kritische Theorie heute
05.-06.07.2012, Giessen

Vom 05.07.2012, 14 Uhr bis zum 06.07.2012, 20 Uhr wird die Tagung an der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen zum Thema "Fortschritt. Bildung. Kultur. Kritische Theorie heute" stattfinden.

Die Tagung wird von der AG Kritische Theorie der Kultur organisiert.

Veranstaltungsort: Die Tagung findet im Alexander-von-Humboldt-Haus, Rathenaustraße 24 A, 35394 Gießen statt. Die Räumlichkeiten sind barrierefrei.

Für weitere Informationen besuchen Sie bitte die Konferenzseite.

 

Cultures of Feelings. Narratives and Contexts
7.-9.11.2012, Giessen

Literary, filmic, and theatrical narratives place fictional characters in unique and often experimental situations, thereby staging cultural conflicts, otherwise inscrutable aporias and potential solutions. Factual narratives, including news stories, historical accounts and documentaries, similarly tend to chart prototypical conflicts between protagonists and their cultural milieus. In both cases, it is often the protagonists’ feelings that are confronted with cultural and social regimes. On the one hand, emotions are the very product of such regimes, and tightly interwoven with their regulations (this, too, concerns the ability to articulate feelings in the first place). On the other hand, emotions may be directed against their context, with the latter seemingly limiting and normalising the emotion in question. The conference aims to investigate fictional and factual stories with an eye for such narrative configurations of feelings. Discussions will focus on the negotiations between feelings and the ‘cultures of feelings’ in which they are embedded and to whose configurations they contribute. A second issue will concern the analytical and theoretical import of the – as yet rudimentary – concept, ‘cultures of feelings.’

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“Recognizing the Other. Discourses of Alterity in J.M. Coetzee and His Contexts”
26.-27.10.2012, Giessen

The works of Nobel Prize winning author J. M. Coetzee are complex engagements with questions of political, historical and ethical responsibility as well as with problems of literary representation, agency and authority. A recurring and predominant concern of his writing is the notion of the other. As Derek Attridge has observed, “Coetzee’s works both stage, and are, irruptions of otherness into our familiar worlds, and they pose the question: what is our responsibility towards the other?” (Attridge 2005: JM Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading: Literature in the Event, xii). The notion of otherness can be encountered in numerous guises in Coetzee’s writing: in representations of animals and cruelty, with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, and age, and in delineations of the ‘self as other’ in his autrebiographies.

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The Re/turn of the Nonhuman in the Study of Culture Concepts – Concerns – Challenges

27.-28.05.2013, Giessen

More often than not, academic research today tries to solve the issues of the 21st century with concepts of the 20th in institutional frameworks of the 19th. The humanities are a case in point: important as they have been in the past and continue to be in the present, the very term ‘humanities’ can be seen as somewhat problematic today, as it implies an exclusive focus on humans and humanity. There is, however, hardly an issue of cultural or social concern today, which does not involve complex entanglements of human and nonhuman actors. Contemporary scholars draw our attention to matter, networks, affect, objects, and media in order to show how other entities act and shape our world. They argue that making these nonhuman entities visible helps us better engage with the contemporary moment and address 21st century problems such as global climate change, the collapse of financial markets, or nonhuman internet traffic. Approaches to the nonhuman have included such diverse fields as actor-network theory, affect theory, animal studies, assemblage theory, new media theory, new materialism, speculative and object-oriented realism or systems theory. Turning towards the nonhuman in the study of culture, however, is not just about “contemporary thought”—it’s about politics, knowledge, and embodied experience both in the present and throughout history. Thus a “nonhuman turn” in the study of culture might just as well be described as a “re/turn of the nonhuman” , as research on the cultural and social relations of human and nonhuman actors can be traced to a variety of different intellectual and theoretical developments moving back through the last decades of the 20th century and well before.

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Symposium: Translating Human Rights
26.04.2013, Giessen

Anlässlich des 60. Geburtstages von Dr. Doris Bachmann-Medick veranstaltet das GCSC am 26. April 2013 ein interdisziplinäres Symposium zum Thema „Translating Human Rights“. Das Programm, das sowohl von ausgewiesenen ExpertInnen in diesem Bereich als auch von DoktorandInnen des GCSC/GGK gestaltet wird, verspricht einen wissenschaftlich interessanten und inspirierenden Diskurs über Menschenrechte als Übersetzungsproblem, ein Thema, mit dem sich Doris Bachmann-Medick selbst intensiv beschäftigt. Weiterhin soll die wertvolle Arbeit, die Doris Bachmann-Medick am GCSC/GGK in der DoktorandInnenausbildung und -Betreuung und darüber hinaus leistet, gewürdigt werden. Neben Freunden und Wegbegleitern der Jubilarin sind auch am Thema interessierte ZuhörerInnen herzlich eingeladen.

Programm

10 Uhr - Eröffnung (Hubertus Büschel) und Grußwort (Wolfgang Hallet)

Betreuung und Forschung im GCSC/GGK (Moderation: Hubertus Büschel)

10:30 - 10:45 Uhr - Anne Rüggemeier: Think Tank Masterclass: Über Dinge, Grenzen und Autorschaft in relationalen Autobiographien

10:45 - 11.00 Uhr - Seiji Hattori: Ein literarisches Beispiel für die Mischung von 'iconic', 'spatial'‚ 'acoustic' und 'postcolonial turn'

11:00 - 11:15 Uhr - Thomas Edeling: Masterclass Meets Movie: Entdeckte Anwendungsfelder in The Royal Tenenbaums

11:15 - 11:30 Uhr - Friedolin Krentel: Analoge Praktiken in digitalen Systemen – Erste Ansätze für eine praxeologische Übersetzungsperspektive

11:30 - 11:45 Uhr - Alexander Matschi & Katharina Zilles: Translating Cultural Turns into Ordinary Language

11:45 - 12:00 Uhr - Hubertus Büschel: Doris Bachmann-Medick – ZeitRäume am GCSC

12:00 - 13:30 Uhr - Mittagspause

Translating Human Rights I (Moderation: Horst Carl)

13:30 - 14:30 Uhr - Martin Fuchs: Alternative Genealogien von „Menschenwürde“ und „Menschenrechten“? Das universalistische Potential indischer Religionen und das Problem des übersetzerischen Anschlusses

14:30 - 15:30 Uhr - Antje Linkenbach: Die Universalisierung von Normen und die Generalisierung von Werten: Möglichkeiten trans-kategorieller Übersetzung im Kontext der Menschenrechte

15:30 - 16 Uhr - Kaffeepause

Translating Human Rights II (Moderation: Beatrice Michaelis)

16:00 - 17:00 Uhr - Ursula Lehmkuhl: Übersetzung in den Geschichts- und Sozialwissenschaften: Annäherungen an ein kulturwissenschaftliches Konzept aus der Perspektive der „Governance-Forschung“

17:00 - 18:00 Uhr - Birgit Mersmann: Vom (Un)Recht am Bild: Die Zerstörung und Rekonstruktion der Buddha-Statuen von Bamiyan als bildkulturelles Übersetzungsproblem

18:00 Uhr - Schlusswort (Andreas Langenohl)

 

Material Culture Research – an appraisal of its epistemic gain

Part 1, 5-7.12. 2013. Early Modern Material Culture (Gotha)

 

The study of material culture is booming within Germany – most noticeably since the German Ministry of Research (BMBF) announced its new program in May 2012 – and beyond. The boom does not, however, correlate with a completely new perspective but rather is the result of interdisciplinary research that introduced object-based methodologies to cultural studies as early as the 1990s in the United States. Before then, engagement with the material remains of past eras belonged largely to the domains of Archaeology and Ethnology. Under the label of ‘Material Culture Studies,’ the examination of culture via ‘things’ has become an established and relevant discipline within Anglo-American cultural studies contexts. It is important that the political-policy dimensions of this area of research undergo critical analysis: Is the study of material culture simply fashionable or should it become an entirely new discipline within historical studies? Can material culture be usefully studied as a medium for knowledge in all eras?

The aim of this conference is to fundamentally examine the potential for epistemic gain from material culture research. What forms of insight result from the study of objects/things/artefacts as source materials? How are the field’s terminology and concepts distinguished? Do established historical phenomena develop new significance when viewed via ‘things’? Can ‘things’ be regarded as sources for understanding modes of thought and cultural habits that yield information that is not attainable via textual or iconic sources? Which kinds of information do objects immediately convey and how can we decode them? How does the haptic quality of things add to their meaning? Methodologically of particular interest are the medial fractures that result when ‘things’ are not conveyed in their three-dimensional physicality but only described by texts and pictures.

Part 1 of the conference focuses on the early modern period in its interdisciplinary investigation of things. Of central concern is the epistemic value of the study of material culture, which will be evaluated via examples. What does material culture studies achieve and what are its limits? We especially chose papers engaged with the theoretical implications of the study of material culture.

 

Organizer: Annette Cremer


For further information please visit the kult-online website: http://kult-online.uni-giessen.de/aktuelle-ausgabe/ausgabe38/copy_of_berichte/material-culture-analysis

 

Schedule

Papers will be given in German or English. The conference will be conducted in both languages.

 

 

Donnerstag, Thursday,  5. Dezember 2013

19.00                             Martin Mulsow (Erfurt-Gotha)/ Annette Cremer (Gießen)
Zum Stand der materiellen Kulturforschung in Deutschland/ On the status of material culture reserach in Germany

                                      Tagungseröffnung: Begrüßung der Teilnehmer, Einführung
anschließend Abendessen/ Welcome/ Introduction/ Dinner

 

Freitag, Friday, 6. Dezember 2013

Materielle Identität/ Material Identities

8.30–9.30                      Benjamin Steiner (Frankfurt a.M.)
Im Reich der großen Dinge. Großprojekte im kolonialen Raum Frankreichs in der Frühen Neuzeit / Empire of Big Things
Large Projects and the French Colonial Space in the Early Modern Period

9.30–10.30                     Annette C. Cremer (Gießen)
Zur Dekodierung dreidimensionaler Informationsträger / How to read three-dimensional sources

10.30–11.00                    Kaffeepause/ Coffee Break

 

Materielle Praxis/ Material Praxis

11.00–12.00                    Martina Wernli (Würzburg)
Griffel, Pinsel, Gänsekiel. Wirkungsmacht unsichtbarer Schreib-Dinge/ Pen, stylus, brush and goosequills. On the Influence of invisible writing tools

12.00–13.00                   Gianenrico Bernasconi (Zürich)
Das materielle Dokument. Tragbare Objekte als Technik des Sozialen im 18.–19. Jahrhundert / The Material document: Portable objects as techniques of the social in the 18th and 19th century

13.00–13.30                    Mittagspause/ Lunch Break (Catering)

13.30–14.30                    Führung durch die Forschungsbibliothek Gotha/ Guided Tour reserach library

14.30–15.30                    Christof Jeggle (Bamberg)
Die Qualitäten von Objekten und Akteuren: Perspektiven der materiellen Kulturforschung in der vorindustriellen Wirtschaftsgeschichte / The Qualities of Objects and Actors: Perspectives of Material Culture Studies in Pre-industrial Economic History

15.30–16.00                    Kaffeepause/ Coffee Break

 

Material als Medium des Wissens/ Material as Medium of Knowledge

16.00–17.00                   Esther Helena Arens (Köln)
Zwischen Reproduktion und Repräsentation: Pflanzen, Botanik und Geschichte / Between Reproduction and Representation: Plants, Botany, and History

17.00–18.00                        Britta Rabe (Frankfurt a.M.)
»Eine höhere Präcision und Schönheit in Abformungen läßt sich nicht denken«/ Collecting Antiquity, shaping Numismatics

                                      Martin Mulsow (Erfurt/Gotha), Kommentar/ Commentary

18.15–19.30                     Öffentlicher Abendvortrag/ Key Lecture
Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Hahn (Frankfurt a.M.)
Zur transepochalen Globalgeschichte des Sachbesitzes. Güterexpansion und Kulturwandel /  Some remarks on a transepochal history of material possessions. Personal property expansion, cultural change and global entanglements

 

Samstag/ Saturday, 7. December 2013

Objektsemantiken/ Semantics

8.30–9.30                      Kim Siebenhüner (Bern)
Itinerare des Materiellen. Zur Konzeptionalisierung von Dinggeschichten und dem Fluss von Juwelen in der Frühen Neuzeit/ Itineraries of the Material. The history of objects and the flow of jewels in the early modern period  

9.30–10.30                     Christoph Schanze (Gießen)
Ding-Ensembles im Blick zurück nach vorn. Magelones Ringe und Fortunatus’ Glückssäckel/ Looking back forward at ‚things‘. Magelone’s rings and the inexhaustible magic moneybag of Fortunatus.

10.30–11.00                    Kaffeepause/ Coffee break

Historische Objektdiskurse/ Historic object discourse

11.00–11.30                     Lisa Regazzoni (Frankfurt a.M.)
Stoff für die Geschichte. Auf der Suche nach materiellen Überresten in Frankreich im 18. Jahrhundert / Substance for History. The (re)discovery of material sources in the historiography of the origins of France in the 18th century

11.30–12.30                     Stefan Laube (Wolfenbüttel)
Befeuerte Aura. Das Idol von Sondershausen / Fired Aura. The Idol of Sondershausen

12.30–14.00                    Mittagspause / Lunch Break

14.00–15.00                   Paola von Wyss-Giacosa (Zürich)
Schatten und Licht. Bilder, Beschreibungen und Deutungen indonesischer Ethnographica in Reiseberichten und antiquarischen Abhandlungen des 17. Jahrhunderts/ Shadow and Light. Images, descriptions, and interpretations of Indonesian objects in travel accounts and antiquarian tracts of the 17th century

                                      Martin Mulsow (Erfurt/Gotha), Kommentar/ Commentary

15.00–16.00                   Abschlussdiskussion/ final discussion

16.00                             Ende der Tagung/ End of Workshop


Conference: Entgrenzte Gewalt − Unrestrained Violence

07.11. - 09.11.2013, University of Giessen

Organizer: Jörn Ahrens, Daniel Ziegler, Bernhard Giesen, Marco Gerster, Christer Petersen, Peter Klimczak


Please visit the conference site for further information:
http://unrestrained-violence.blogspot.de/p/programm.html