Kategorie: Kulturgeschichte

New Publication: Rückkehr der Geschichte? Die „Nostalgie-Welle“ in den 1970er und 80er Jahren

Als Karl Heinz Bohrer im Herbst 1975, ein Jahr nachdem er durch einen Coup seinen Posten als Literaturchef der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung an Marcel Reich-Ranicki verloren hatte, als FAZ-Korrespondent nach London kam, stellte er fest: „London swingt längst nicht mehr“[1]. In den fünfziger Jahren hatte der jugendliche Bohrer einige Zeit in der britischen Metropole verbracht und dabei deren kosmopolitische Kultur schätzen gelernt[2]. Trotz Kriegsschäden und anhaltender Austeritätspolitik hatten die Briten damals optimistisch in die Zukunft geblickt. Nun hingegen fand Bohrer überall Symptome einer „Saisonkrankheit“, … Continue reading New Publication: Rückkehr der Geschichte? Die „Nostalgie-Welle“ in den 1970er und 80er Jahren

New publication: “Nostalgia and the Historians” in IHJE

“Is there a trend of nostalgia in our culture today?”, asks Arja Virta. Her essay suggests that she thinks so and she is far from the only one. Indeed, her diagnosis is shared by many observers, especially when it comes to popular culture. Every sequel, every remake triggers complaints about a widespread sense of nostalgia, a yearning for the past. No one has made this case more eloquently than the British music critic Simon Reynolds, whose 2011 book Retromania forcefully argued that pop culture … Continue reading New publication: “Nostalgia and the Historians” in IHJE

Frictions and Failures – Cultural Encounters in Crisis

Frictions and Failures - Cultural Encounters in Crisis
Monday 27 February 2017

‘Frictions and Failures – Cultural Encounters in Crisis’, ed. by Almut Bues, Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau. Quellen und Studien 34, Wiesbaden (Harrassowitz Verlag) 2017, presents the papers of the third Marrying Cultures workshop (21-23 April 2016, Warsaw), which focused on those dynastic marriages which ran into difficulties of various kinds and examined a wide range of cases in order to determine what caused these frictions and failures.

It also extended the geographical range of the territories discussed by the project by concerning itself not just with Poland but with Hungary, Lithuania, Muscovy, and Russia. This was particularly valuable in bringing Orthodox consorts into the discussion, as well as the elective monarchy of Poland, in which the role of the consort is by definition different from that of a consort in a system of dynastic succession. Points of conflicts could easily arise from the queen consort’s presence in her new court. These might be religious (consorts were often of a different faith to that of their husband and new country); personal (rivalries with mistresses or favourites); diplomatic; or political. The case studies elucidated what these frictions tell us a) about the specific context in which they occurred; and b) about the problems, limitations and challenges of cultural transfer more broadly.

The volume can be ordered from the publisher: https://www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/title_986.ahtml

View the table of contents (PDF).

Colloque « Masculinité(s) – Féminité(s) au Moyen Âge », Institut historique allemand, Paris, 2-4 mars 2016

Du 2 au 4 mars 2016, l’Institut historique allemand à Paris accueille le colloque international “Masculinité(s) – Féminité(s) au Moyen Âge” (organisé par Constanze Buyken). La rencontre a pour objet d’étudier ce que signifiait être masculin ou féminin dans les sociétés médiévales et comment le genre contribua à la structuration des configurations sociales. Le titre souhaite particulièrement encourager la discussion sur des altérités, ambiguïtés et possibilités de transgressions que peuvent exister et surgir dans ce modèle de genre binaire reposant sur des concepts hégémoniques […]