Oct 21 2010

“Race” in the humanities

Published by Editor at 2:45 pm under Home Page, University News

A conference on “Concepts of ‘Race’ in the History of the Humanities” is being held at the University of Haifa on October 26-28. The aim of the conference is to bring together, for the first time, scholars in different fields within the humanities to study and explore the role of notions of race in different branches of the humanities. The expert panels will challenge and contribute to the ongoing discussions on the foundations, history and geography of racism in the humanities and racism in art, folklore, economical theory, religion, and musicology.

In the decades following World War II, the Holocaust, and decolonization, “race” slowly but surely lost much of its legitimacy as a cultural, political and scientific category. Nevertheless, for much of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, concepts of race played an integral role in numerous fields of knowledge.

Race has a long-standing, deep-seated history in the humanities, vestiges of which are still discernible in modern scholarship. From linguistics to art history, musicology to religious and Bible studies, history to literary studies, notions of race have been present in a manner which crossed disciplinary, cultural and national lines.The conference is organized by the University of Haifa’s Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society and the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck.

Topics being discussed include:
• “Why is the Concept of ‘Race’ still (again?) a Topic of Interest for the 21st Century” - Prof. Sander Gilman, Emory University
• “Religion and Race in Friedrich Schelling’s Philosophy of Mythology” - Prof. George Williamson, Florida State University
• “Racial History: Using the Humanities as the Foundation for International Eugenics” - Prof. Bradley W. Hart, Cambridge University

The conference will be in English, is open to the public and will take place on October 26-28, 2010, at the University of Haifa.

Full program

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