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Modernity's Classics

Convenors: Prof. Sally C. Humphreys, Prof. Rudolf Wagner


Workshop 3 

June 25-27, 2010

at Heidelberg University





This anthropological and historical project aims to examine the reconfiguration in the modern period of the respective civilizational 'classics' in different cultural traditions where they provided widely acceptable foundations for accommodating the far-reaching changes coming with modernity in its manifold articulations ranging from colonialism to nationalism, from secular scientism to religious fundamentalism. As this reconfiguration involved a global transcultural flow with close interaction, it presents a challenge to the established scholarly fields. The project will take on this challenge by assembling an international team of scholars from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds to cooperate in analysing this global, and hotly contested, flow of ideas and scholarly practices. The study of the 'classic' will provide insights not only into changing conceptions of pastness but also into modern constructions of the self and of the educational process.   


Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies

Conference Room 212

Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
69115 Heidelberg

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GuestHouse Heidelberg
Bergheimer Straße 24
69115 Heidelberg

To get from the airport to the Hotel please book directly with TLS. They will pick you up with a Mini-Bus.

Fare: 32 € per trip directly to the hotel.

Keep the receipts for reimbursement.

Homepage: TLS - Heidelberg 

Contact Us

If you are interested in further information, please contact Joachim Prackwieser. Participants please send their papers to the same email address. 



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