Conceptualising modernity – an interdisciplinary dialogue

Conceptualising modernity – an interdisciplinary dialogue

Veranstalter
Collaborative Research Center 923, University of Tübingen, Germany; Chair of Modern History, University of Mannheim, Germany
Veranstaltungsort
Hybrid Event
PLZ
72072
Ort
Tübingen
Land
Deutschland
Vom - Bis
09.12.2021 - 10.12.2021
Von
Almuth Ebke, Neuere und Neueste Geschichte, Universität Mannheim

Over the last twenty years, the category of “modernity” and the idea of “the modern” have both been refined as historical tools and criticized for their normative biases. The conference seeks to reassess the analytical potential of the meta-concept of “modernity” and the idea of the modern.

Conceptualising modernity – an interdisciplinary dialogue

Modernity is an essentially contested concept: depending on the research context, historians and social scientists understand “modernity” as a historical period, as an (unfinished) project and, more recently, as an object of historical study in itself – an understanding that is linked to the considerable criticism the concept has received over the last twenty years. Particularly historians working on “early modern” and medieval history have pointed out underlying normative biases, even going so far as to question the usefulness of modernity as a tool for historical analysis as such. The chronology inherent in the idea of modernity has attracted particular censure for perpetuating normative assumptions: pre- or non-modern times and spaces are considered deficient and backward, as not yet modern.

In our workshop, we want to reassess the analytical potential of the meta-concept of “modernity” and the idea of the modern. What are the benefits of “modernity” as an analytical tool? Should the term be employed differently or should we stop using it altogether? Are alternatives to this meta-concept available, and what are the benefits (and pitfalls) of using these? As historiographical debates differ quite significantly both between historical sub-disciplines and cultural-linguistic contexts, our aim is to provide a platform for historians, but also social scientists, to both discuss the various criticisms levelled at the concept as well as to sound out its analytical potential or possible alternatives. By bringing together scholars from different academic disciplines, this conference reassesses the concept of modernity and the idea of the modern from a cross-epochal and interdisciplinary perspective.

Contact & Registration
Christoph Haack
University of Tübingen
CRC 923 “Threatened Order – Societies under Stress”
christoph.haack@uni-tuebingen.de

Almuth Ebke
University of Mannheim
Chair of Modern History
aebke@mail.uni-mannheim.de

Programm

THURSDAY, 9th DECEMBER
11.00–11.30 AM / WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Christoph Haack (Tübingen), Almuth Ebke (Mannheim)

11.30 AM–1.00 PM / PANEL I: KEY CONCEPTS OF MODERNITY
Chair: Martin Deuerlein (Tübingen)
Kinship and modernity
– Hans Hummer (Detroit)
Modern, postmodern, nomadic? Notions of nomadism in modernity
– Sina Steglich (London)
Comment by Peter Wagner (Barcelona)

2.00–3.30 PM / KEYNOTE BY DIPESH CHAKRABARTY (CHICAGO)
The Anthropocene and the ends of modernity
Introduction & Chair: Almuth Ebke (Mannheim)

4.00–5.30 PM / PANEL II: HISTORICISING HISTORICISM:
WRITING THE HISTORY OF THE MODERN
Chair: Ewald Frie (Tübingen)
‘Sattelzeit’: The invention of ‘Pre-Modern History’ in the 1970s
– Julia Angster (Mannheim)
Coming to terms with modernity by historicising historicism
– Fernando Esposito (Konstanz)
Comment by Wolfgang Knöbl (Hamburg)

6.00–7.30 PM / KEYNOTE BY LYNN HUNT (LOS ANGELES)
Modernity and the future: Can we have one without the other?
Introduction & Chair: Christoph Haack (Tübingen)

FRIDAY, 10th DECEMBER
9.00–10.30 AM / PANEL III: RELIGION, SECULARITY, AND THE MODERN
Chair: Thomas Kohl (Tübingen)
Coming to terms with the modern world: Continuations of the story of the fall of man in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times
– Beatrice von Lüpke (Vienna)
Modernisation/secularisation theories and Medieval Studies: Aspects of their entangled history
– Sita Steckel (Münster)
Comment by Steffen Patzold (Tübingen)

11.00 AM–12.30 PM / PANEL IV: TIME AND THE MODERN
Chair: Christina Brauner (Tübingen)
The challenges of modern times and the search for a human present
– Julian Wright (Newcastle)
‘I’m already here (Ik bün all hier)’: Modern pre-modernity or premodern modernity
– Anja Rathmann-Lutz (Basel)
Comment by Achim Landwehr (Düsseldorf)

12.30–1.00 PM / FINAL DISCUSSION
Input by Christoph Haack (Tübingen) & Almuth Ebke (Mannheim)

Kontakt

Christoph Haack: christoph.haack@uni-tuebingen.de
Almuth Ebke: aebke@mail.uni-mannheim.de

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24.11.2021
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