GCSC Book Launch Series
- Narratives of Crises, Cultures of Resilience
Thursday, 18.02.2021, 17.00-18.30 (CET), online
The volume(Trier, 2020) addresses the numerous perceived crises in Europe as well as the crisis of the very concept of Europe, which have been evoked socially and politically in recent years. It asks what cultural resources Europe has at its disposal to respond creatively to the crises and understand them as a productive moment. Its contributions with their interdisciplinary approaches in literary and cultural studies as well as in history, economics and sociology, explore the interwoven European narratives and discuss them as cultural techniques and strategies for the productive handling of manifold crisis experiences.
The special issue of Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift on the topic of(Volume 70, Issues 3-4, 2020) similarly argues that there has not only been a wide range of ever more crises of all sorts, but that we have also witnessed an inflationary use of the term crisis, and a concomitant proliferation of factual and fictional crisis narratives across various media. While the contributions cover a broad range of case studies and contexts from Brexit to racism to Covid-19 and climate change, they all offer close analyses and acute diagnoses regarding the role of narratives in these mediated scenarios, understanding “crisis” both as a key concept and as a dominant cultural pattern of narration.
- Futures of the Study of Culture
How can we approach possible but unknown futures of the study of culture? This volume explores this question in the context of a changing global world. The contributions in this volume discuss the necessity of significant shifts in our conceptual and epistemological frameworks. Taking into account changing institutional research settings, the authors develop pathways to future cultural research, addressing the crucial concerns of the cultural and social worlds themselves. The contributions thereby utilize contact zones within a wide range of disciplines such as cultural anthropology, sociology, cultural history, literary studies, the history of science and bioethics as well as the environmental and medical humanities.
The book is available as hard copy (ISBN 978-3-11-065509-4) and thanks to the generous support of the Giessen University Library as Open Access publication (DOI: ).
Join us in a discussion with the editors on the contexts of this collaborative publication project, on possible futures of the study of culture, and on Open Access publishing at the GCSC!