Scholarship and Space:The Final Frontier? 2005-2006

To the first systematizers of History as a discipline, chronology and geography were its two "eyes." This year's seminar in cultural History picks up where last year's exploration of the "auxiliary sciences today" left off. the point of last year's series was to show just how the kind of work that in the 18th and especially 19th century was dismissed as hopelessly preliminary has re-emerged in many fields as the core of the most sophisticated historical narratives. in this upcoming year (2005-6) we continue these very successful discussions by exploring the potency of "space" (not "geography") as a research rubric. is the study of space the "auxiliary science" for our times?

Space is obviously everywhere and therefore interacts with everything, the natural as well as the man-made. The past that we study, whether in terms of economic conditions, intellectual climates, social groupings, artistic traditions or human psychology is shaped by space in very definite ways. in the last years, two spectacularly important books made this problem their subject: Thomas Dacosta Kaufmann's Toward a Geography of Art and Karl Schlögel's Im Raume Lesen Wir Die Zeit. Our speakers, approaching this theme from a variety of fields and sub-specialties, will deepen and broaden its study, examining space as a function of Archaeology, creativity, scholarship, institutions, urbanism, gender and physiology.

Charles Gehring
Director, New Netherland Project
"Exploring New Netherland: Forgotten Spaces in Early America"
October 11, 2005

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann
Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
"Geography of Art: Historiography, Issues, Perspectives"
November 9, 2005

Haym Soloveitchik
Merkin Family Professor of Jewish History and Literature, Yeshiva University
"Cultural Origins of Ashkenazi Judaism —Babylonia or Palestine?"
December 7, 2005

Haun Saussy
Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University
"Getting Mimetic (Again)"
January 11, 2006

Jonah Siegel
Department of English, Rutgers University
"Wonders Taken for Signs: The Institution of the Museum in Nineteenth-Century Britain"
February 15, 2006

Richard Etlin
School of Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park
"Frankenstein's Body and the Pleasure of Aesthetics"
March 8, 2006

Sarah McPhee
Art History Department, Emory University
"The Topography of Bernini's Rome: Via della Mercede 11"
April 5, 2006

Alain Schnapp
Professor of Archaeology, University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
"Landscapes of Antiquarianism"
April 26, 2006


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