Updated Program "Histories: Unsettling and Unsettled"

Updated Program "Histories: Unsettling and Unsettled"

Arbeitsstelle Historische Anthropologie
Vom - Bis
14.06.2007 - 16.06.2007
Sebastian Jobs, John-F.-Kennedy-Institut , Freie Universität Berlin

Interest in history and all things “historical” is booming. Manifold attempts to re-stage or even re-live the past testify to this: from “History TV” to re-enacted battles, and to debates on a “postcolonial turn”. Claims to “take history into one’s own hand” seem unbroken.

This "désir de l'histoire" serves as starting point for an international conference on "Histories: unsettling and unsettled", organized by the “Arbeitsstselle Historische Anthropologie” at the University of Erfurt. Its focus is twofold. On the one hand the conference focusses on practices of archiving and categorizing the materials which historical research employs. Private archives, photo albums, flea markets or peoples’ attics are at issue here as much as public record offices and state archives. In a second step, the emphasis is on both literal and visual practices of representating traces and remnants of the past as histories. For instance, do comics and motion pictures offer an alternative to textual historical narratives?

The seating capacity at the conference location is very limited. We therefore kindly ask people who are interested in attending the conference to notify us at least two weeks in advance and to contact petra.meersteiner@uni-erfurt.de.

This conference is sponsored by Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung, Köln and Mission
historique française en Allemagne, Göttingen.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. "Histories – Whose demand is it?"
Chair: Prof. Dr. Birgit Schäbler (University of Erfurt)

Prof. David Cohen, PhD (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Moments Future: Further Thoughts on "The Production of History"

Comment: Prof. Dr. Jacques Revel (Centre de recherches historiques, Paris)

5.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Panel – "Archiving I"
Chair: Dr. Denis Laborde (EHESS, Paris)

Dr. Philipp Müller (University College London)
Supervising the Threshold. Archives and Historians in 19th century Germany

Dr. Michael Schoenhals (Lund University)
"Old Beijing Dot Net" – Transmitting Traces of the Past

Comment: Prof. Glenn Penny, PhD (University of Iowa)

Friday, June 15, 2007

9.15 a.m. – 11.45 a.m. Panel – "Archiving II"
Chair: Isabel Kranz, M.A. (Media of History – History of Media, Weimar)

Mag. Elke Murlasits (Büro der Erinnerungen, Graz)
Administrating Biographies - the Practice of Oral History Archiving

Prof. Leora Auslander, PhD (University of Chicago)
Archiving a Life: Post-Shoah Dilemmas of Memory Legacies

Comment: Prof. Dr. Claudia Kraft (University of Erfurt)

3.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Panel "The Appeal of the Visual: Delusive"?
Chair: Dr. Maren Möhring (University of Cologne)

Prof. Michael G. Levine, PhD (Rutgers University)
Reframing History: Serious Comics in the Age of Testimony

Dr. Anja Zimmermann (University of Hamburg)
Cutting History: Representation and Narrative in the Work of Kara Walker

Comment: Prof. Dr. Michael Wildt (Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

9.15 a.m. – 11.45 a.m. Panel – "Representations I"
Chair: Prof. Dr. Sven Reichardt (University of Konstanz)

Andrea Zemskov-Zuege, M.A. (University of Konstanz)
Remembering the War in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia – Official and Unofficial Practices

Prof. Dr. Eve Rosenhaft (Liverpool)
At Large in the "Gray Zone" (Primo Levi): Narrating the Romani Holocaust.

Comment: Prof. Dr. Lucian Hölscher (Ruhr University, Bochum)

2 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Panel "Representations II"
Chair: Dr. Alexandra Przyrembel (University of Göttingen)

Prof. emer. Rhys Isaac, PhD (La Trobe University, Melbourne)
Gentrylore: Reflections on an Ancient Genre in the New World.

Prof. Dr. Gesine Krüger (University of Zürich)
Moving Bones. Global Discourse and Local Histories.

Prof. Daniel Dayan (EHESS, Paris)
Media Events: the Live Broadcasting of History

Comment: Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty, PhD (University of Chicago)


Sebastian Jobs

Arbeitsstelle Historische Anthropologie, Universität Erfurt