Historical Studies: Disciplines and Discourses

Historical Studies: Disciplines and Discourses

Central European University Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies
Vom - Bis
21.10.2004 - 24.10.2004
Matthias Middell, Global and European Studies Institute, Universität Leipzig

Historical Studies: Disciplines and Discourses

Fifteen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is time to assess the state of the art in the history and theory of historiography: Europe is expanding, the Cold War and its associated ideological (cognitive, epistemological, symbolic geographical, metaphysical) grand narratives seem to be subsiding, new histories are being experienced and written. Half a generation after 1989, while busy distancing the twentieth century, we may well need to reconsider theories, methods, paradigms, canons, vulgates, clichés, and maybe even some of the basics of our trade. Less than one year before the 20th International Congress of Historical Sciences (Sydney, July 3-9, 2005), essentially European and North-American visions of these basics will be examined in a global perspective.
To take stock and look forward, a major international conference is to be held in Budapest, at Central European University (CEU: www.ceu.hu). The conference was initiated and will be hosted by CEU's Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies (www.ceu.hu/pasts). Two related events will be integrated with the conference: (a) an workshop on "Representations of the Past: National Histories in Europe", organized by an international research network funded by the European Science Foundation, which will run parallel to the conference, and will also "feed" Panels Eight and Nine; (b) a day (October 21) devoted to the discussion of "History Textbooks in the Public Sphere", in the framework of the French-German Day. The conference is endorsed by the International Commission for the Theory and History of Historiography, and by the International Committee for Historical Sciences.


Thursday, October 21, 2004

Opening Session
Chair: Sorin Antohi
Welcome: Yehuda Elkana, Richard T. Vann
Keynote Address: On the State of the Art in the Theory and History of Historiography, delivered by Georg G. Iggers

Panel One: History Textbooks in the Public Sphere
Chair and Discussant: Jörn Rüsen
Etienne François: Entangled History as Challenge: the Project of a French-German Common History Textbook
Attila Pók: Scapegoats Old and New: Some Remarks on the Politics of Teaching History in Post-Communist Hungary
Razvan Pârâianu: The History Textbooks Controversy in Romania. Four Years On
Hanna Schissler: Textbooks as Collective Memory and Social Project

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Opening of the Textbook Exhibition. Organized by Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies, in cooperation with the Georg-Eckert-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung, and the Romanian Institute of Recent History. Sponsored by Pasts, Inc., the French and German Embassies. Opening address by Sorin Antohi (in French), greetings by representatives of the Georg-Eckert-Institut, Goethe-Institut Budapest (in German), Institut Français de Budapest (in French). (Monument Building, First Floor, Exhibition Hall)

Reception to follow

Panel Two: Historical Studies: From Epistemology and Ideology to Ontology
Chair and Discussant: Jean-Claude Robert
Alun Munslow: History, Narrative, and Truth
Ewa Domanska: Sincerity and the Discourse about the Past
Michael Bentley: Chronism: A Doctrine about Authenticity in Historical Studies
Bo Strath: A European Teleology
Johann Tempelhoff: Environmental History and Sustainable Cultural Dynamics

Parallel Activity

Public Debate: History Textbooks in the Public Sphere.
From Bilateralisms to European Multilateralism (Institut Français, Fo u. 17)
Moderator: Gábor Klaniczay
Participants: Jörn Rüsen, Etienne François, Christiane Kohser-Spohn, Sándor Köles, Attila Pók, Gerhardt Seewann, Philippe Joutard

Concert, in cooperation with the Franz Liszt Music Academy. Followed by a reception offered by the French Embassy and the German Embassy (Goethe-Institut Budapest, Andrássy út 24).

Friday, October 22, 2004

Panel Three: History, Philosophy, Social Science, Science
Chair and Discussant: Yehuda Elkana
Matti Peltonen: Investigating the Borders of History Theory: Max Weber's and Michel Foucault's Central Historical Concepts as Examples of Excluded Methodologies of the 20th Century Historical Thinking
Zenonas Norkus: Troubles with Mechanisms: Some Problems of the 'Mechanismic Turn' in Historical Sociology and Social History
Oliver Kozlarek: Modernity and the Narrative Appropriation of Values: The Case of Latin American Philosophy
Jack Zammito: Historicism and Naturalism: Bridging the Epistemologies of the 'Two Cultures'

Coffee Break

Panel Four: History, Fiction , Irony
Chair and Discussant: Hayden White
Rik Peters: Noli giudicare! Croce and White on Irony
Herman Paul: Deliver Us From Irony: Challenges and Limitations of Hayden White's Redemptive Strategy
Kalle Pihlainen: Committed Writing: History, Biography, and Poststructuralism
Jasmina Lukic: Post-Communist Historiographic Metafiction

Lunch Break

Panel Five: Historical Studies in Post-1989 Eastern Europe
Chair and Discusant: Sorin Antohi
Daniela Koleva: Historical Studies in Bulgaria: Between Academic Standards and Political Agendas
Michal Kopecek and Pavel Kolar: A Difficult Quest for New Paradigms: Czech Historiography after 1989
Péter Apor and Balázs Trencsényi: Fine-tuning the Polyphonic Past: Hungarian Historical Writing in the 1990s
Maciej Górny: Historical Studies in Poland in the 1990s
Cristina Petrescu and Dragos Petrescu: Mastering vs. Coming to Terms with the Past. A Critical Analysis of the Post-Communist Romanian Historiography
Zora Hlavickova: Slovakian Historiography in the 1990s
Bogdan Murgescu: Practical Dilemmas of Historians in Post-1989 Eastern Europe

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Panel Six: History, Memory, Trauma, and Culture
Chair and Discussant: Ewa Domanska
Keith Jenkins: On History, Historians, and Silence
Klas-Göran Karlsson: On How to Analyse Historical Consciousness
Moshe Idel: The Emergence of the 'Historical Jew'
István Rév: The Return of the Unsuppressed
Eelco Runia: Representation, Replication, Reproduction
Wulf Kansteiner: From Victim to Perpetrator Trauma: A Critique of the Cultural Trauma Metaphor

Coffee Break

Panel Seven: Comparative History (Related to the Workshop on Representations on the Past: The Writing of National Histories: Narrating National Histories, sponsored by the European Science Foundation).
Chair: Chris Lorenz
Gita Deneckere, Thomas Welskopp: 'Class' in Grand Narratives of National Historiography
James Kennedy: Nation and Religion in European Historiography
Ulrich Wyrwa: Jewish Historiography in Europe as Transnational Historiography
Discussant: Christoph Conrad

Lunch Break

Panel Eight: From World History to Global History
Chair and Discussant: Johann Tempelhoff
Donald R. Kelley: History at the Millennium
Chen Xin: The Rebirth of Historiography and Discourse Selecting: Western Thought and the Track of Chinese Historiography in the Past Twenty-five Years
Thomas H. C. Lee: Recent Developments in Historical Thinking in Taiwan and China
Bonnie Smith: Scenes from Women's Historical Reading
Carol Gluck: After the Shipwreck: New Horizons in History-writing
Daniel Woolf: Globalizing the History of Historiography: Problems, Challenges, Opportunities

Jazz Concert with Johnny Raducanu (piano) and Harry Tavitian (piano and other instruments, vocal)

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Panel Nine: Medieval Historiographies and Their Legacies
Chair and Discussant: János Bak
Gábor Klaniczay: Deciphering Palimpsests and Reconstituting Sites of Memory. Medieval Studies beyond the Methodological Debates of the Past Decades
Sarah Foot: Narrative and Representation in Recent Medieval Historiography
Masayuki Sato: The Realm of Historiography in the East Asian Culture
Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis: Changing Mental Maps: Byzantium, the Balkans and the Borders of Europe

Coffee Break

11:30-13:45 Panel Ten: Historical Studies Today: From the (Ethno-) National to the Regional and the Global
Chair and Discussant: László Kontler
Jörn Rüsen : Ethnocentrism in Present-day Historical Writing
Aziz al-Azmeh: Postmodern Neo-Romanticism and Historical Categorisation
Halil Berktay: Nationalism in Turkish Historiography
Estevăo de Rezende Martins: European Paradigms/Models in Latin American Historiography
Jean-Claude Robert: The Trend Towards Globalization of History and International Perspective : Structural and Conjunctural Aspects

13:45-14:15 Closing Session
Chair: Sorin Antohi


Zsuzsa Torok
Junior Research Fellow
Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Research
Central European University, Budapest
Tel: (361) 327-3000/2699

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