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Call for Panels: Annual Conference 2016

Mar 16, 2016

The organisers of the Annual Conference invite scholars to submit panel proposals by April 6. The theme of this year's conference is "Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture". The conference will take place from October 12-14 in Heidelberg.

The conference is organised by Research Area D as a collaborative enterprise of the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, the Forum Transregionale Studien, the Max Weber Stiftung- Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland, and the German Archaeological Institute. Proposals for panels, and individual papers included in them, are invited to cross disciplinary and geographical spaces, to explore the interstices of materiality, memory, practice and language and to query the constellation of factors related to heritage as a form of place making that embraces the past while being conscripted to the future. Panels may be proposed only by members of any one of the participating institutions; however guest speakers from other institutions are welcome.

Please find the detailed call for panels here. The deadline for submission has been extended to April 6, 2016.

The conference will address some of the urgent questions that surround heritage as a political and cultural issue at a historical juncture when the idea of culture is being drawn into a field of intense contestation. While in certain intellectual circles and scholarly discussions culture is slowly but steadily being uncoupled from the nation, these impulses are at the same time being countered by moves to reinforce – even reinvent – national identities as culturally homogenous. As societies confront their transcultural pasts, the concept of a monolithic, integrative heritage is not only becoming increasingly untenable, it is turning into a site of conflict. Ruptures induced by the spatial and cultural displacements that come with modernity and contemporary globalization have in turn meant a return to notions of an ancient, untainted civilizational identity in many regions of the world.

The Annual Conference 2016 is a collaborative enterprise of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University, the Forum Transregionale Studien, the Max Weber Stiftung - Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland, and the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. It is organised by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja, Dr. Michael Falser and Dr. Philipp Stockhammer on behalf of Research Area D "Historicities and Heritage".

Please visit the conference website for detailed information.

Picture Credits
1) Statue photographed in 1963.©UNESCO/A. Lezine via Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7069348)
2) Reconstuction efforts after the Buddhas were demolished by the Taliban in 2001. ©Carl Montgomery (www.carlmontgomery.com)
3) Replica at Arkady Fiedler Museum in Puszczykowo. ©Jsporysz via Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26106699)


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