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CFP: Leisure and the Making of Knowledge in 18th-century Europe (Germany) (2/28/07; 10/31/07-11/2/07)
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Call for Papers:
â€œLeisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.â€
The interdisciplinary and interdepartmental â€œArbeitsstelle fÃ¼r Geschichte des Wissens und der Literaturâ€ (Research Group for the History of Knowledge and Literature) at the University of Hamburg invites papers that examine aspects of leisure in the 18th century. We are particularly interested in proposals that appraise the role of leisure in generating knowledge across Europe.
Leisure in the 18th century has predominantly been investigated from a socio-economic perspective (as a feature of early consumer societies and/or as a means to explore and explain social stratification). We seek papers that investigate questions of knowledge in relation to leisure: in what ways has leisure participated in shaping knowledge? What exactly is the ontological status of leisure in the 18th century? Is it a host of recreational activities or does it genuinely create new matters of inquiry? In this context â€“ and along the lines of Dr Johnsonâ€™s observation â€“ the relation between â€˜prodesseâ€™ and â€˜delectareâ€™ should be negotiated: are the concepts â€˜prodesseâ€™ and â€˜delectareâ€™ relevant in the way that leisure activities present themselves or are presented? How does the opposition of â€˜otiumâ€™ and â€˜negotiumâ€™ inform and configure leisure activities? To address these questions, interdisciplinary approaches are sought. Presenters should ideally add!
We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers for the following six panels (broadly conceived to include the topics suggested below):
â–ª discipline formation (keynote speaker: Holger Zaunstoeck): institutions, libraries, societies and clubs; activities at the crossroads of amateurism and professional disciplines
All papers will be followed by a 10-minute discussion period.
Anja Hill-Zenk, Felix Sprang
Felix C.H. Sprang