Reconfigurating History beyond Disciplinarity. Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Fields and their Approaches towards History

Reconfigurating History beyond Disciplinarity: Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Fields and their Approaches towards History

Veranstalter
Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, Universität Warschau
Veranstaltungsort
online
PLZ
07743
Ort
Jena
Land
Deutschland
Vom - Bis
16.04.2021 - 17.04.2021
Von
Juliane Tomann, Imre Kertész Kolleg / Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Cross-disciplinary research fields have been flourishing in the humanities, transgressing disciplinary boundaries in their scholarly interests and practice. This development impacted the scope of interdisciplinarity, transforming it from a marginal into an everyday practice of research centers or study programs. We take this current state of the humanities to reflect upon the ways history and historical inquiry is being understood, carried out and theorized in interdisciplinary research fields.

Reconfigurating History beyond Disciplinarity: Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Fields and their Approaches towards History

In recent years, various cross-disciplinary research fields have been flourishing in the humanities, transgressing disciplinary boundaries in their scholarly interests and practice. This development to a large extent impacted the scope of interdisciplinarity, transforming it from a rather marginal into an everyday practice of research centers and study programs. Heritage and memory studies, human-animal studies, performance studies or material culture studies are telling examples for the turn to interdisciplinary research the humanities have been undergoing, to name just a few. Standing for circulation, transfer and merge of ideas they promise to yield a dialogue between scholars, inspire new findings, and, in result, foster a new and better understanding of social, cultural and historical phenomena. Taking into account the vast variety of research fields, interdisciplinarity seems to have changed from a trendy catch phrase and a standard buzz word of grant applications, often perceived of by sceptics as a mere lip-service which causes more conceptual and practical problems than it solves, into an established research practice. With their interdisciplinary cores these new fields necessarily borrow from different theoretical and methodological backgrounds and disciplines bringing them in dialogue, and transforming them into their very own research and teaching agendas, settings, approaches and practices. We would like to take this current state of the humanities as a starting point to reflect upon the ways history and historical inquiry is being understood, carried out and theorized in interdisciplinary research fields.

The workshop aims at mapping the different understandings and uses of the notion of history in order to highlight how they are informed by the changed interdisciplinary settings they are rooted in. In other words, we would like to explore how historical inquiry is (re)shaped when it is moved out of the history department and not necessarily carried out by trained historians only.

In the same vein, we would like to ask about the repercussions of interdisciplinarity on historical science by exploring how historical research carried out by trained historians is informed by interdisciplinary settings. If and how has the way the past is researched within historical science been reshaped by interdisciplinary approaches in recent years? How do they inform concepts and theories of history as well as the ways of researching the past within the scientific community of trained historians?

Programm

April 16th

1-1:20pm
Introduction
Juliane Tomann and Joanna Wawrzyniak

1:20-1:30
Introduction of the participants

1:30-3:00 pm
Keynote Roundtable

History and its Relation to other Disciplines in the 21st Century: Key Issues and Challenges
Thorsten Logge (Hamburg U)
Serge Noiret (European University Institute, Florence)
Eva-­‐Clarita Pettai (Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena)
Chair: Joachim von Puttkamer (Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena)

3:30-5pm
History beyond Narrative: Senses and Affects

It has been widely postulated that we should broaden our understanding of history by taking into account non-­‐narrative sources and senses, affects and emotions. In this panel, we present two recent perspectives on this subject by a historian and an ethnographer. Why is it important to go beyond a narrative? What are the latest arguments and approaches? What approach do the participants of the panel opt for and why? What disciplines and research traditions do they draw from? What are the gains and losses in their research?

Vitali Taichrib (Freie U Berlin) Reconstructing Sensescapes: The Interdisciplinary Findings of the Sensory History Perspective

Tomasz Rakowski (Warsaw U) Towards the Extra-­‐Textual Historical Method: Researching Vernacular Building in Late Socialist and Post-socialist Poland

Chair: Joanna Wawrzyniak (Warsaw U)

5:30-7pm
Reimagining History in Performative Art and Film

This panel asks how visual art and media affect our understanding and experience of history. Two panelists in this section tackle this question from a perspective of performative art and film studies. How can performance enable critical thinking about history? How does film shape our perception of history? How can these approaches enrich history as a discipline?

Sanja Perovic (King´s College, London) Dead History/Live Art: The Revolutionary Time of Stuart Brisley

Rasmus Greiner (Bremen U) Histospheres: Reconfiguring Historical Awareness Through Historical Film

Chair: Juliane Tomann (Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena)

April 17th

1-3:30pm
History in Emerging Transdisciplinary Fields

This panel draws on the examples of two transdisciplinary research fields ­— crime studies and madness studies -­‐ to inquire about the role of history in such research spaces. What challenges do they pose for historical inquiry? How is the tradition of historical research reconceptualized in those fields? What is “psy-­‐” based historical inquiry compared to “regular” historical inquiry? How has the past been approached in criminology and to what end?

Nancy Rose Hunt (U of Florida) Whither Madness Studies?

David Churchill (U of Leeds) Reconfiguring History in the Social Sciences: Time and Method in Historical Criminology

Chair: Stéphane van Damme (European University Institute, Florence)

4-5:30pm
Transdisciplinary Challenges and “New” Sources

This panel draws on recent research in transdisciplinary genocide studies, in order to ask about new methodologies and sources. What is the added value of the “more-­‐than-­‐human” approach? What are its sources? And how are they “produced” during the research and fieldwork? How has genocide research contributed to the intersection of history and literature? What have been novel approaches and how have they helped to unveil new problems?

Katarzyna Głąb (Warsaw U) Researching More-than-human in Genocide and Memory Studies

Noah Benninga and Aurelia Kalisky (ZfL, Berlin) Problematic Sources and Hybrid Methodologies: The Case of the Sonderkommando Manuscripts

Chair: Magdalena Saryusz-­‐Wolska (German Historical Institute, Warsaw)

6-7 pm
Wrap-­‐up (not part of the public program)
In this session, we will discuss prospects of future collaboration.
Chair: Stéphane van Damme (European University Institute, Florence)

The workshop will be held online via zoom. The link and registration details will be published on the webpage https://www.imre-kertesz-kolleg.uni-jena.de/

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Juliane Tomann

https://www.imre-kertesz-kolleg.uni-jena.de/
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