CFP: Leisure and the Making of Knowledge in 18th-century Europe (Germany) (2/28/07; 10/31/07-11/2/07)
Call for Papers:
â€œLeisure and the making of knowledge in 18th-century Europeâ€
31 October â€" 2 November 2007, University of Hamburg, Germany
â€œLeisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.â€
Samuel Johnson â€œRamblerâ€ 177 (November 26, 1751)
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!
ress particular manifestations of leisure activities that promote, shape or reprove knowledge, but papers treating the more general connections of leisure and knowledge are also welcome. We particularly encourage contributions that focus on â€˜popular recreationsâ€™ such as sports and pastimes and private forms such as â€˜serious leisureâ€™ or â€˜amateurismâ€™ that are usually overshadowed by literary circles and learned societies.
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
â–ª domestic activities (keynote speaker: Christoph Heyl): paedagogics to household management; the differentiation of knowledge through the management of the private sphere
â–ª otium-negotium (keynote speaker: N.N.): meditation, exegesis, pastoral care and congregation activities, the epistemological function of devotion and contemplation
â–ª the outside world (keynote speaker: Emma Sparry): man and nature; epistemic conceptions of the natural world with respect to leisure
â–ª public sphere (keynote speaker: Emma Griffin): village greens, inns, theatres and courts; the didactic and epistemic functions of pastimes and sports
â–ª reading (keynote speaker: Alexander Kosenina): new genres, habits of reading, the use of books for instruction as well as bibliomania
All papers will be followed by a 10-minute discussion period.
Please submit proposals (300 words) and a short CV via email to: felix.sprang_at_uni-hamburg.de
The deadline for abstracts is February 28, 2007. Decisions will be announced by March 26, 2007.
Anja Hill-Zenk, Felix Sprang
Felix C.H. Sprang
Institut fuer Anglistik und Amerikanistik
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