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Conference: Place and Displacement: The Spacing of History

Published on 15 August, 2018

August 20-22, 2018 at Södertörn University

3rd International Network for Theory of History Conference

Recenyears have seen a tragic combination of increasing levels of forced migration and a rise of isolationist nationalist and religious identity politics. The 3rd INTH conference will address these issues through the overarching theme of place and displacement and the shaping of the spaces of history and memory.
History is often used to claim the specific identity of places, delimit or contest certain territories, and undergird politics of spatial in- and exclusion. Spatial politics also tend to orient how and from what perspective the past is represented. Migration and spatial dislocation can profoundly change the way people relate to history and memory. The politics and historicity of space is an emerging domain where theory of history, history and philosophy, critical cultural geography, political science, urban and memory studies come together to explore a common territory. Ultimately, it motivates a critical examination of the fields of knowledge production and transmission: To what extent are particular histories and philosophies of history not only place-based but also place-bound in their truth-claims? How can we capture the transnational interconnectedness and place-making dynamics of histories from migrating, multidirectional memories? And which kinds of history writing and history education are best equipped to respond to the challenges of global migration and multicultural societies? To what extent do histories not just ‘take place’ but also always ‘make place’ by changing these places and the way they are experienced?

Recent years have seen a tragic combination of increasing levels of forced migration and a rise of isolationist nationalist and religious identity politics. The 3rd INTH conference will address these issues through the overarching theme of place and displacement and the shaping of the spaces of history and memory.

History is often used to claim the specific identity of places, delimit or contest certain territories, and undergird politics of spatial in- and exclusion. Spatial politics also tend to orient how and from what perspective the past is represented. Migration and spatial dislocation can profoundly change the way people relate to history and memory.

The politics and historicity of space is an emerging domain where theory of history, history and philosophy, critical cultural geography, political science, urban and memory studies come together to explore a common territory. Ultimately, it motivates a critical examination of the fields of knowledge production and transmission:

To what extent are particular histories and philosophies of history not only place-based but also place-bound in their truth-claims? How can we capture the transnational interconnectedness and place-making dynamics of histories from migrating, multidirectional memories? And which kinds of history writing and history education are best equipped to respond to the challenges of global migration and multicultural societies? To what extent do histories not just ‘take place’ but also always ‘make place’ by changing these places and the way they are experienced?

Full conference program: Download here (.pdf)

Conference venue:

Room MB 416, floor 4 in Moas båge, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg

Organizers:

The Philosophy subject at Södertörn University together with The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES)

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