Pasts Without History – Programme

We have a great two-day symposium planned for next Tuesday adn Wednesday. programme is below. Everyone is welcome – see here for more details about the papers. Email Claire or Mark for more information 

Pasts Without History: Politics and the Practical Past

21-22 June 2016

 Tuesday 21 June 2016

 Room: Senior Common Room

10.00-10.15     Refreshments and Introduction

10.15-11.00     Bernard Regan, Kiri Tunks – Beyond the Wall

11.00-11.45     Martin Davies – History: the technocratic management of an artificial world

 11.45-12.00     Break

12.00-12.45     Vicky Iglikowski – Putting Files on Film

12.45-1.00       Round-up Discussion

1.00-1.45         Lunch

Room: G5

1.45-2.30         Jelena Juresa – Moving Image and Memory: tackling identity questions through music

2.30-3.15         Paul Antick – Three Places I Never Went To When I Was Alive

3.15-3.30         Break                        

3.30-4.15         Amy Roberts – Interference Archive

4.15-4.45         Round-up Discussion

6.15                 Meet at Reception for meal at a local restaurant

 

 

Wednesday 22 June 2016

 Room: Senior Common Room

9.30-10.15       Gisele Iecker de Almeida – Where to now? The future in the present (with a stopover in the past)

10.15-11.00     Jean Debney – The ‘Presented(ed)’-ness of the Before Now

11.00-11.15     Break

11.15-12.00     Joe Iosbaker – Putting Israel on Trial in a U.S. Court: the case of Rasmea Odeh

12.00-12.45     Pete Kyle – After the War

12.45-1.30       Lunch

1.30-2.15         Helen Bendon – Spatialising History

2.15-3.00         Jim Kosem – Reading, Writing, Design, Life and History

3.00-3.15         Break

3.15-4.00         Phoenix – Archives of Resistance

4.00-4.30         Round-up Discussion

End of Conference

 

 

Seminar Paper by Alun Munslow on Wednesday 11th November

800px-E8_graph.svgThe next Futures of History seminar will happen on Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 1.30 in the Senior Common Room, St Mary’s University. Alun Munslow will be giving a paper entitled “Historical Explanation and Experimental History in 3,003 Words” in which he will revisit/re-vitalise the notion of experimentalism and argue that experimental historying confronts and up fronts the ontological distinction between the past and history.

Everyone is welcome and there will as usual be a selection of homemade cakes and cookies. For more details email claire.norton@stmarys.ac.uk or mark.donnelly@stmarys.ac.uk

Image is “E8 graph” by Claudio Rocchini – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:E8_graph.svg#/media/File:E8_graph.svg

Aesthetics, Postmodernism and the ‘before now’

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Aesthetics, Postmodernism and the ‘before now’

One-day symposium on 1st July 2014

St. Mary’s University

Senior Common Room

Organisers: Claire Norton and Mark Donnelly The Centre for the Philosophy of History (St Mary’s University), and Michael J. Kelly Philosophies of History (University of Leeds)

Generously funded by the School of Arts and Humanities at St Mary’s University

Is historiography akin to (theories of) objectivity or closer to subjectivist expression? What happens if we assume that while there well may have been an ‘extra-textual’ past reality, history is always an ‘intra-textual,’ imagined and fictive enterprise? While accepting a narrativist philosophy of history requires acknowledging the irreality of historying, it also legitimises a multiplicity of possible experimental forms that could be deployed to engage with the time before now: surreal, Dadaist, altereality, uncreative, documentary-fiction historying? Is it fair to argue that the more innovative and original a historian desires to be the more subjective her output will be, whereas in contrast, the less she is willing to say, the more objective her result will be? Has postmodernism, in its rejection of universality and foundational truths, provided history aesthetically and functionally with a more radical or emancipatory platform than its objectivity-centred Modernist predecessor? Or have postmodernist aesthetics simply reinforced the status quo and thus marginalized alternative ways of engaging with our pasts?

Papers given by philosophers, historians, and artists at the one-day symposium Aesthetics, Postmodernism and the ‘before now’ will consider such questions as these. Responding to narrativist theories of history, developments in contemporary literary theory, and experimental forms of narrating or performing pasts in the visual arts they will explore the aesthetic possibilities for history writing in theory and in practice.

The symposium will take place in the Senior Common Room at St Mary’s Strawberry Hill campus. The symposium is free and everyone is welcome. For more information about the event and to book a place, please contact Claire Norton on claire.norton@smuc.ac.uk or Mark Donnelly on mark.donnelly@smuc.ac.uk.

Programme:

9.15am – 9.40am Register
9.40am – 9.50am Welcome
9.50am – 11.10am Panel 1: Chair – Mark Donnelly
Alun MunslowIrreality and the Aesthetics of Historying
Jouni-Matti KuukkanenHistoriography between subjectivity and objectivity
11.10am – 11.25am Refreshment break
11.25am – 12.45am Panel 2: Chair – Claire Norton
Paul AntickSmith @ Batang Kali: Letter B to Cohen.
Helena HammondDancing in the museum: Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002) and the politics and poetics of the aesthetics of the St Petersburg total art work as historical representation
12.45pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 2.50pm Panel 3: Chair – Michael Kelly
Adi EfalHabitude and archaeology
Javier López AlósRhetoric, Representation and Apocalypse: The Peninsular War as Religious War
2.50pm – 3.10pm Refreshment break
3.10pm – 4.30pm Panel 4: Chair – Helena Hammond
Kalle PihlainenHistory as uncreative writing
Robert DoranHayden White and the Practical Past
4.30pm Closing remarks

For more information contact Claire claire.norton@smuc.ac.uk or Mark
mark.donnelly@smuc.ac.uk