Annual Conference at the ZfL
06 Dec 2019 – 07 Dec 2019

Historicizing. Questions for a Method of the Humanities and Cultural Studies

Venue: ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, Aufgang B, 3. Etage
Research project(s): Historicizing today (2019/2020)

›Always historicize‹, Fredric Jameson's famous motto from 1981, and Francis Fukuyama's 1992 assertion of the ›end of history‹ marked the range of debates on historization in the humanities and cultural studies for a long time. Today, the situation has changed as familiar reference points such as the ›nation‹, ›Europe‹ or even ›the (one) world‹ as well as familiar understandings of modernity have become questionable in a globalised and pluralised present. At the same time, objects and areas are being historicized that previously were considered ahistorical: life, nature, the climate. Another test of what ›historicization‹ means.

At the ZfL annual conference, speakers from literary and theatre studies, history, art history, philosophy and biology will discuss where these debates have taken us. Has each discipline developed its own sense for the necessity of understanding its objects as historical and developed its own methods for doing so? Who understands historicization primarily as alienation and distancing, who, on the other hand, with updating the past? Does the guild of historical scholarship historicize differently than the guild of literary scholars, does philosophy understand the history of its discipline differently than biology? And what does the broadening of theses disciplines by the cultural studies mean for the necessity and method of historicization? Might the postulate of historicizing even be useful for initiating a conversation between the disciplines about mutual questions?

Program

(last update: 17 Oct 2019)

Friday, 06 Dec 2019

09.30–11.00

  • Begrüßung und Einführung
  • Lucian Hölscher (Bochum): Historisierung als Zeitfigur. Zur temporalen Logik historischer Erzählungen

11.30–13.30

  • Andreas Bähr (Frankfurt/Oder): Mit anderen Augen. Überlegungen zu einer Historisierung des Dreißigjährigen Krieges
  • Daniel Fulda (Halle): Verlockung und Unvermeidlichkeit des Anachronismus. Grenzen des Historisierens in der Gegenwartsliteratur

14.30–16.30

  • Steffen Martus (Berlin): Historisierung der Disziplin? Zum fachhistorischen Verhältnis zwischen Wissenschaftstheorie und Wissenschaftsgeschichte
  • Georg Toepfer (ZfL): Historisieren und Futurisieren. Zur Geschichtsverachtung der Naturwissenschaften

17.00–19.00

  • Patrick Primavesi (Leipzig): Nach Brecht. Verfremdung und Historisierung im Theater
  • Vera Wolff (Zürich): Die Kunst des Kalten Krieges. Zur Ästhetik der Wissensgesellschaft

 

Saturday, 07 Dec 2019

10.00–12.00

  • Magdalena Marszałek (Potsdam): Poetik oder Hermeneutik? Historisieren im literarischen Umfeld der konservativen Revolution am polnischen Beispiel
  • Dieter Thomä (St. Gallen): "Herkules, das bist du!" Denkmal und Historisierung

13.00–15.00

  • Iris Därmann (Berlin): Marx und Haiti. Historisierung und Dekonstruktion
  • Johannes Paulmann (Mainz): Überlegungen zur Historisierung von Differenz

15.30–17.30

  • Alexander Friedrich (Darmstadt): Zeitschichten. Zur Operationalisierung einer Theoriemetapher für die digitale Erforschung der Geschichte
  • Ernst Müller (ZfL): Grundbegriffe des 20. Jahrhunderts. Probleme ihrer Historisierung