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Perceptions and Representations from 1914 to the Present
Generations after war and violence the experiences are engraved in memories and influence individual and collective attitudes toward political and social conflicts. The contributions collected in this volume concentrate on the complex interrelationships between war and its perception and representation. They examine events and cultural testimonies related to World War I, its aftermath, as well as to other violent conflicts in the 20th century. The contributions interrogate the concept of nation, challenge the implications of modern warfare, and discuss political agencies in the media and the arts with regard to soldiers, veterans and war memorials. This volume focuses on how war and violence is culturally processed and reveals astonishing examples of the after effects from 1914 to the present.
Indigenous Pasts and the Roman Present
»The invention of tradition« was introduced as a concept to explain the creation and rise of certain traditions in times of profound cultural change. Taking stock of the concepts of current theoretical understandings and focusing on the Roman world the volume explores invented traditions as a means to understand processes of cultural innovation.
Whereas the concept is highly influential in Roman Studies concerned with the Greek eastern Mediterranean, the western part of the Roman Empire has virtually been ignored. The aim is to critically evaluate the usefulness of »The invention of tradition« for studies particularly regarding the western part of the Roman Empire and in relation to other traditions besides the Greek. Can »The invention of tradition« be seen as a common human characteristic occurring throughout history?
Proceedings of the International Heritage Conference 2013 at Tangier, Morocco
Der Band bietet einen vergleichenden Blick auf den Umgang mit dem kulturellenErbe in den muslimischen Anrainerstaaten des Mittelmeeres. Die vertretenen Beiträge wenden sich diesen Ländern zu und nehmen jeweils exemplarisch Bereich ein den Blick, in denen »Heritage« als von lokalen, nationalen und transnationalen Interessen umkämpfte Ressource relevant wird. Fachleute aus den betreffenden Ländern und aus Deutschland befassen sich mit der Beziehung von kulturellem Erbe, Politik und Tourismus und beleuchten dieses Verhältnis vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen Umbrüche und Wandlungsprozesse der jeweiligen Küstenländer.
Current Approaches to Spaces, Resources, and Connectivities
Der Mittelmeerraum ist Schauplatz unterschiedlicher gesellschaftlicher, politischer und wissenschaftlicher Diskurse und Praktiken, deren jeweilige Beschaffenheit bedingt, wie dieser Raum konzeptualisiert, inkorporiert und auch politisch in Besitz genommen wird. Der Band dokumentiert eine internationale Tagung hochrangiger Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der archäologischen Wissenschaften, der Anthropologie, Ethnologie und der Geschichtswissenschaften, die sich 2012 am Zentrum für Mittelmeerstudien der Ruhr-Universität Bochum mit der Thematik auseinandergesetzt haben.
Figurations of Cosmology in Media and Arts
Astroculture is a testament to the literary imagination and theoretical innovation of the late Sonja A.J. Neef, who devised the term as an expanding horizon of collaborative research into the powerful gravitational force exerted on culture by astronomical phenomena and imagery. It is also the name of a conference on the topic inspired by Neef and held at the Center for Advanced Studies Morphomata at the University of Cologne in November, 2011. Indeed, Astroculture is a perfect instance of a morphome, the overall target of the Cologne College’s ongoing symposia: a persistent trope or topos of cultural fascination and transcription appearing across a gamut of civilizations and historical periods. Commentary in this volume ranges from Claudius Ptolemy’s mapping of the universe and the emergence of a pluralistic cosmology in seventeenth-century Europe to the spread of planetariums, the Whole Earth Catalog, and the contemporary artwork of Ingo Günter. With interventions by David Aubin, Lucía Ayala, Monika Bernold, Dietrich Boschung, Bruce Clarke, Gerd Graßhof, Hans-Christian von Hermann, Martina Leeker, Patricia Pisters, and Henry Sussman.