Materiality/History. The Materialization of Historical Time

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Friday, November 26, 2004 - 9:00am
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Friday, November 26, 2004 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 27, 2004 - 3:30pm

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Wallotstrasse 19

Organised by University of California, Santa Cruz, Presidential Chair's Research Group in Philosophy and Culture of Time, Modernist and Avant-Garde Studies; Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Conveners: Sorin Antohi, Tyrus Miller

Friday, November 26, 2004

9:00-11:00 Panel One: Temporal Experience, Fictional Historicity, 'Cosmic Cinema'
Chair and Discussant: Tyrus Miller (Literature, UCSC)

  • David Hoy (Philosophy, UCSC): "There Is No Time Like the Present"
  • Sorin Antohi (History, CEU and PICHS/Wiko): "Uchronia: On the Historicity of Imagined Time"
  • Karl Clausberg (Kunst- und Bildwissenschaften, Universität Lüneburg/Wiko): "A 'Microscope for Time'"


11:30-13:30 Panel Two: Moving Pictures, Anamorphotic Images, Imagined Stones
Chair and Discussant: Deanna Shemek

  • Catherine M. Soussloff (Art History and Visual Culture, UCSC): "Not Content With What Is: History, Trance, and the Image"
  • Lydia Liu (Comparative Literature and Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor/Wiko): "Trial By Fire: The Quest for Kaolin and the Porcelain Stone in the 18th Century"

15:00-17:00 Panel Three: Rewriting Memory, Printing Autobiography, Listening to Letters
Chair and Discussant: Jocelyn Hoy

  • Tyrus Miller: "Concrete Poetics and Holocaust Memorial Discourse: Heimrad Bäcker's Nachschrift Project"
  • Jody Greene (Literature, UCSC): "Ego non sum Ego: Autobiography and Print"
  • Deanna Shemek (Literature, UCSC): "Certain Words in His Own Tongue: Acoustic Effects in the Letters of Isabella d'Este"

Saturday, November 27

9:00-11:00 Panel Four: The Times of Nations
Chair and Discussant: Sorin Antohi

  • Maria Todorova (History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign/Wiko): "The Time of longue durée: Studying Eastern European Nationalism"
  • Zsuzsa Török (History, PICHS): "Historical Legacies as a Basis for Relegation: Landeskunde in 19th Century Transylvania"
  • Balázs Trencsényi (History, CEU/PICHS): "Historicity and National Characterology in Interwar Romania and Hungary"


11:30-13:30 Panel Five: Historical Time: Acoustic Canons, "Physical' Evidence, Origins and Direction

  • Ruth HaCohen (Musicology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem/Wiko): "Historical Time and Its Musical-Ritualistic Embodiment: Proper and 'Improper' Sounds"
  • Karen Bassi (Literature/Classics, UCSC): "Defenses"
  • Stefan M. Maul (Altorientalistik, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg/Wiko): "Walking Backwards into the Future: Ancient Near Eastern Conceptions of Time"