Cultural transfer

The transnational research seminar is dedicated to the study of intercultural transfers of very different regions with the German-speaking world, but also far beyond. The complex relationship between cultural transfer research, transnational history, and transregional studies will be discussed using examples from the speakers’ research practice. Sessions of the research seminar take place monthly (ten sessions during the academic year between September 2020 and June 2021). They are open to students of all GESI MA programmes and address the large international community of scholars from various disciplines interested in cultural circulation.

The seminar will take place online, which should allow a significant increase in participation even from locations other than Paris and Leipzig and take into account the specifics of the situation under Corona conditions. It is based on the long-standing cooperation between the French Study Centre and the Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe) at Leipzig University and the École normale supérieure Paris (research  unit UMR Pays germaniques-transferts culturels), whose partnership has inspired a large number of joint publications and events since the early 1990s. The sessions will be held in French, English, or German, with the language of the presentation depending on the working title given, while interventions in the discussion will be possible in all three languages.

The thread running through the various sessions is the question of the vectors that explain and promote the different cultural circulations in space and time, and the resemantations that necessarily accompany such circulations across borders and boundaries of cultural spheres. The topics dealt with are deliberately varied in order to encourage contacts between disciplines and methodological discussions. A unifying theme will be the history and epistemology of the humanities. Thus, the transnational history of the Ottoman Empire around 1900, the history of the Chinese diplomatic presence in Europe at the end of the 19th century and interculturality in Greek history lend themselves to comparison, with a focus kept on questions of spatialization in historiographical constructions.

Photos courtesy of: 1) LPLT; 2) Christian Hüller / Universität Leipzig, SUK