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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Centre for Humanities Innovation - History of Humanities Series: Dr Julian Hamann [Universit├Ąt Bonn] 'The Formation of the German Humanities as a Thing of Boundaries'

7th March 2017, 16:00, ER153, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

The event is organised as part of the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) programme.

How did the German humanities come about as a meaningful distinction in the academic world in the late 19th century? Julian Hamann reconstructs boundary-work strategies scattered in the programmatic manifestos, lectures, and introductions found in neo-Kantianism, historicism, Dilthey’s work, and not least in the Naturwissenschaften, showing how these brought about the ‘Geisteswissenschaften’ as a stable and robust social entity – a thing of boundaries. The analysis foregrounds the importance of symbolic boundaries as discursive effects that constitute new entities cumulatively from local negotiations.

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