POLITICAL CULTURE AND THE HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE: ACTORS, INSTITUTIONS, PRACTICES

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
June 6, 2019 to June 8, 2019
Location: 
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Political History / Studies, Contemporary History, American History / Studies, European History / Studies, Research and Methodology

 

POLITICAL CULTURE AND THE HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE: 
ACTORS, INSTITUTIONS, PRACTICES

Conference at the German Historical Institute Washington

Washington DC, June 6-8, 2019

Organized by Kerstin von der Krone, Simone Lässig (GHI), Kijan Espahangizi, Nils Güttler, Monika Wulz (Center “History of Knowledge” at the University Zurich and the ETH Zurich), and Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer (Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago)

 

PROGRAM

 

THURSDAY, June 6, 2019

1:30-2:00 pm WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

2:00-4:30 pm I. TRUTH, FACTS AND POPULISM

Chair: Elisabeth Engel (GHI)

Jens Wietschorke (University of Vienna / LMU Munich), Rethinking Cultural Cleavage: History of Knowledge and the Idea of the "Common People"

Martin Beddeleem (Aarhus University), A History of Neoliberalism: From the Economics of Ignorance to Post-Truth Politics

Jamie Cohen-Cole (George Washington University), An Alternative History of “Alternative Facts”: Postmodernism and Center-Right Knowledge Ecology

Coffee Break

Discussion 

Comments by:
Monika Wulz (Center “History of Knowledge,” Zurich)
Julia Adeney Thomas (University of Notre Dame)

 

 

6:00 pm KNOWLEDGE / POWER / POLITICAL CULTURE – A TRANSATLANTIC CONVERSATION

With Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University) / Jakob Tanner (Zurich University)moderated by Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University)

Knowledge is omnipresent, yet its value is increasingly being called into question, in particular in the political sphere. Amid the flood of information disseminated by social media, amid talk of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” expertise and thus knowledge are subject to challenges from many directions. The intellectual historian Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University) and the political historian Jakob Tanner (Zurich University) will discuss the interdependencies between political culture, knowledge and power in history and thus join the conversation about the potential and limits of knowledge as a category of historical research.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Refreshments will be served between 6:00 and 6:30pm.

Please register by June 3 by email (events@ghi-dc.org), Tel. 202.387.3355 or here.

 

 

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019

9:00-12:00 am II. EXPERT KNOWLEDGE & EDUCATING THE CITIZEN

Chair: Simone Lässig (GHI)

Benno Nietzel (Bielefeld University), Knowing the Enemy: Propaganda Experts, Intelligence and Total War 1941-1945

Bregje F. van Eekelen (Technical University Delft), KnowingOtherwise: The Midcentury Travel of Creative Thinking Expertise

Coffee Break

Bryan McAllister-Grande (
Northeastern University), Education for a Free Society? Ancient Knowledge, Universities, and the Neoliberal Disorder

Fei-Hsien Wang (Indiana University Bloomington), “Affordable” Civilization: Education Reform, Textbook Piracy, and the Question of “New Knowledge” in Modern China

Coffee Break

Discussion 

Comments by:
Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer (The University of Chicago)
Johan Östling (Lund University)

 

12:00-2:00pm Lunch Break

 

2:00-4:30pm III. THEORY AND PRACTICE

Chair: Sarah Beringer (GHI)

Malcolm Maclaren (University of Zurich), A Case Study of International Law-Making

Zoé Kergomard (German Historical Institute Paris), Knowledge on a Democratic Silence: Political Science and the Rise of Electoral Abstention in Post-War Switzerland (1945-1989)

Fabian Grütter (ETH Zurich), Practopia, est. 1973: Science in the Wasteland of Materialism

Coffee Break

Discussion 

Comments by:
George Steinmetz (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Kijan Espahangizi (Center “History of Knowledge,” Zurich)

 

 

SATURDAY, June 8, 2019

9:30-12:00 amIV. GOVERNING KNOWLEDGE

Chair:   Nils Güttler (Center “History of Knowledge”, Zurich)

Gregory Afinogenov (Georgetown University), Ideology and Knowledge: Rethinking China in the Russian Empire, 1790-1820

Anna Ross (University of Warwick), Knowledge of the State after 1848

Felix Römer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), The Politics of Measurement: Knowledge about Economic Inequality in the United Kingdom since the Post-War Era 

Coffee Break

Discussion 

Comments by:
Kerstin von der Krone (GHI)
Anne Kwaschik (University of Konstanz)

 

12:00-1:00pm Lunch Break

 

1:00-3:30pm V. KNOWLEDGE, SOCIETY AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM

Chair:  Claudia Roesch (GHI)

Ian P. Beacock (University of British Columbia), Searching for Queer Ancestors: Gay Activism & Historical Knowledge in Germany, c. 1890–1930

Oxana Kosenko (University of Ulm), Hygiene Propaganda and Theatrical Biopolitics in the Soviet Union in the 1920’s-40’s: The Moscow Theatre of the Sanitary Culture as a Factory of the New Man

Danielle Taschereau Mamers (University of Toronto), Identifying “Indians”: Racial Taxonomy and Identity Documentation as a Settler Colonial Politics of Knowledge

Coffee Break

Discussion 

Comments by:
Richard Wetzell (GHI)
Peter Wien (University of Maryland, College Park)

 

3:30–4:00pm Coffee Break

 

4:00-5:00pm CONCLUDING DISCUSSION

Chair:  Axel Jansen (GHI)

 

The conference will take place at the German Historical Institute Washington. Seating for the panel sessions is limited, if you plan to attend please register with Ms. Susanne Fabricius at fabricius@ghi-dc.org by June 3, 2019.

 

 

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