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THE FALL, 2006 SEMINAR:

History and Cultural Identity

 

Washington, D.C.                                   September 14-November 9  

 

 

 

September 26th, 9.00am -- The Challenge of History: Introduction

 

Issues:

  1. What is history and can it still be done;
  2. How to view history: historiography;
  3. Philosophy of history defined in terms of crisis
  4. History and cultural identity

 

Readings:

1. D. Power “Culture, Identity and History”

2. W. Sweet “The Use of History”

3. F. Fukuyama “The End of History”

4. S.P. Huntington “The Clash of Civilizations”

 

September 28th, 2.00pm – Presentations

 

- Rosemary Winslow (USA) “Troping Trauma: Conceiving /of/ Experiences of Speechless Terror”

- Eugeniusz Górski (Poland) “Civil Society and Social Capital in Poland

 

 

October 3th,  9.00am -- History as Providence

 

Issues:

  1. What is history and philosophy of history?
  2. Is it linear, teleological, progress oriented?

 

Readings:

  1. Garcilaso de la Vega, Royal Commentaries of the Incas
  2. Augustine, City of God books 19-20
  3. J. Maritain and N. Berdyaev on the meaning of history

 

October 5th, 2.00pm – Presentations

 

- Ivelina Ivanova (Bulgaria)  “Chasing the Global: The ‘World’ in Bulgarian Historical Thought”

- Elena Grevtsova (Russia) “Russia’s special destination in history?”

- Richard K Khuri (Lebanon/USA) “Towards a Sustainable Global ‘World Order’: Outline of a Philosophy of Religious Pluralism and Tolerance

 

October 10th, 9.00am  – History as Science

 

Issues:

  1. Enlightenment views of history
  2. History as past
  3. How much can be known of the past?
  4. Can we know the past objectively and scientifically?

 

Readings:

  1. Herder, On World History, 35-52; 99-161
  2. Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of World History, 25-161
  3. Vico, Historical Theory, 47-155

 

October 12th, 2.00pm  – Presentations

 

- Carlos Eduardo Maldonado (Colombia) “History as an Increasing Complex System”

- Cheng Mei (China) “Xuan Zang: A Monumental Figure in China’ s History of Translation”

 

October 17th, 9.00am – The Challenge of Postmodernism

 

Issues:

  1. Can we do history?
  2. Does it have any value?
  3. The linguistic turn.
  4. Derrida, language
  5. Foucault, power

 

Readings:

 

  1. Derrida, Language: Grammatology, 158- ; The Linguistic Turn, 118-133
  2. Foucault, Power: The Order of Things; Archeology of the Human Sciences
  3. Leotand, Metanarratives Revival of Narrative (97-100)

 

October 19th, St. Michael’s College, Winooski Park, Vermont

 

- Wilhelm Dancă (Romania) “Memory and Identity in Post-Communist Romania

 

October 24th, 9.00am – History and Hermeneutics

 

Issues:

  1. Presuppositions of History
  2. Logic of question and answer
  3. Bridging the gap of history from enlightenment to the post modern
  4. History as an active construction: can it learn from the past.

 

Readings:

  1. Collingwood, The Idea of History, 205-334; especially 231-248; 282-301
  2. Gadamer Truth and Method
  3. Longeran, Method-Theology, 175-234

 

October 26th, 2.00pm – Presentations

 

-John P. Hogan (USA) “Collingwood: The Re”Enactment of Past Thought”

-Ikechukwu Ani (Nigeria) “Narrative History and Social Integration with Special Reference to Storytelling in Africa

- Sjef Donders (USA/Netherlands) “Religious Identity and Secularization”

 

October 31th – History and Culture I

 

Issues:

  1. What role do culture and religion plan in retrieving the a people’s past?
  2. Is history necessarily written by the winners?
  3. History from below: oral history, ethnic histories; subaltern histories; gender; race
  4. How does history for cultural identities?

 

Readings:

  1. Africa, History Making in Africa, 1-31
  2. Islam Khaldun, chap. I, 1-37; chap. II, 131-139
  3. Indian subaltern D. Chakrabarty “Subaltern Studies”

 

November 2nd, 2.00pm – Presentations

 

- Nguyen Ngoc Ha (Vietnam) “National Cultural Identities in the Context of Cultural  Globalization”

- Chintamani Malviya (India) “Democratic History and Culture in India

                                                   

November 7th, 9.00am – History and Culture II

 

Issues:

  1. What role do culture and religion plan in retrieving the a people’s past?
  2. Is history necessarily written by the winners?
  3. History from below: oral history, ethnic histories; subaltern histories; gender; race
  4. How does history for cultural identities?

 

Readings:

1. Charles Bergqu1st “Latin America: A Dissenting View of “Latin American History in World Perspective”

2.  “The Violent and Unequal Encounter of Cultures”

 

November 9th, 2.00pm – Presentations

 

- Alin Tat (Romania) “History, Identity and Conflict. A Case Study”

- Rolando M. Gripaldo (Philippines) “History and Cultural Identity: The Philippine Case

 

November 14th, 9.00am – Future Perspectives

 

Issues:

  1. People still write history in search of answers to present questions
  2. Proper role of cultural anthropology, philosophy and social sciences in search of understanding our past
  3. Culture as both a positive key and a formidable obstacle to grasping a global history

 

Readings:

 

1/ Georg G. Iggers, Historiography in the 20th Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Post Modern Challenge (Middleton, CT:Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2005)

2. Jean-François Méthot “Traditional” vs Post-Modern History: The Contribution of Narrative”

3. Ernest Gellner, Plough, Sword and Book: the Structure of Human History 1988 11-23, 39-69, 261-283

 

November 16th, 2.00pm – Presentations

 

- Vincent Shen (Taipei/Canada) “On Confucian Philosophy of History”

- Rahim Nobahar (Iran) “Islamic Doctrines and the relationship between Public and Private Spheres”

- M. John Farrelly (USA) “Religious Culture and Historical Change: Vatican II on Religious Freedom”

 

 

 

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