Histcon.se Time, Memory and Representation Tid, Minne, Representation

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar

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Johan Redin

PhD

Biography

B. 1972. PhD in Aesthetics at Uppsala University in 2003 with the dissertation Ars Inventrix – En studie av Friedrich von Hardenbergs (Novalis’) paraestetiska projekt, that received a prize from the Swedish Academy. Has published several articles on the philosophy of romanticism. In 2002-2005 connected to multidisciplinary NORFA-project ”Infectio: Litteratur og sykdom”. In 2006 guest lecturer (with Jan and Aleida Assmann and Peter Jackson), at graduate course ”Religion og Minne”, Tromsö University.

Ongoing research

Redin will study how contemporary practices of shaping and preserving cultural memories are historically connected to aesthetic ideas stemming from German romanticism. It will seek to develop a framework for understanding what could be designated as “the aesthetics of preservation”, as a new way of addressing the politically charged idea of “cultural heritage”. The current UNESCO directive for “the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage” globally, and the need to index our even abstract or non-physical artefacts, calls for a broadened research on the concept of cultural memory. This will be done by examining some fundamental aspects of cultural self-reflexivity (philosophical and representational) that still are instrumental when selecting and exhibiting culture today. A thesis is that the strong emergence of an institutionalised preservation of cultural memorials has its roots in aesthetical thinking. By establishing a closer link between museum studies and cultural memory theory with the romantic understanding of history, time and imagination (cf. Assmann 2004, Johnson 2002), the project sets out to investigate the aesthetic aspects of what it means to “imagine culture”. An important historical reference point for this analysis is the understanding of the romantic sense of imagination (Einbildung) as also a political instrument. From this aspect it will develop an analysis of how and why this aesthetically mediated relation has become such a powerful agent in the development of Western modernity.

 

Selected bibliography

“Ur Svindelövningar”, i Divan. Tidskrift för Psykoanalys och Kultur, Nr 3-4 (2014), 98-107.
“Vertigo of Being”, i Dis-Orientations: Philosophy, Literature, and the Lost Grounds of Modernity, red. Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback & Tora Lane (London: Rowman & Littlefield 2014), 149-160.
“Entropocen – Jord, Lera, Minne / Entropocene – Earth, Soil and Memory”, i Minneskonst / Art of Memory, red. Magnus Berg & Sara Arrhenius (Stockholm: Bonniers 2014), 19-31 / 21-33.
”Geonomi”, i OEI Nr 63-64. Strata, Geologisk tid, Jordkonst / Land Art i Sverige (Stockholm 2014), 1-16.
“Minnet som akustisk drömteori”, i Nutida musik: Tema Minne, Nr 3 (2013), 18-23.
“Gentrifieringen av underjorden / Gentrification of the Underground”, i Bonniers Konsthall Magzine, Issue 4 (2013), 34-35.

“Ur Svindelövningar”, i Divan. Tidskrift för Psykoanalys och Kultur, Nr 3-4 (2014), 98-107.

“Vertigo of Being”, i Dis-Orientations: Philosophy, Literature, and the Lost Grounds of Modernity, red. Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback & Tora Lane (London: Rowman & Littlefield 2014), 149-160.

“Entropocen – Jord, Lera, Minne / Entropocene – Earth, Soil and Memory”, i Minneskonst / Art of Memory, red. Magnus Berg & Sara Arrhenius (Stockholm: Bonniers 2014), 19-31 / 21-33.

”Geonomi”, i OEI Nr 63-64. Strata, Geologisk tid, Jordkonst / Land Art i Sverige (Stockholm 2014), 1-16.

“Minnet som akustisk drömteori”, i Nutida musik: Tema Minne, Nr 3 (2013), 18-23.

“Gentrifieringen av underjorden / Gentrification of the Underground”, i Bonniers Konsthall Magzine, Issue 4 (2013), 34-35.

“The Crypt: Probing the Obscure Administration of Cultural Memory”, in: Temenos: Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion (Helsinki 2011), p. 183-196. (Written together with Prof. Peter Jackson)

“Social Dreams of History: Museum, Utopia, Mythology”, in: Rethinking Time: Essays on History, Memory, And Representation (eds.) Hans Ruin & Andrus Ers (Stockholm 2011), p.97-108.

“Inför fornminneslagen”, Glänta (Göteborg 2011), p. 106-109.

”Pathogenesis: Life, Literature and Animality. Medical Theory and Biological Nihilism in Eighteenth-Century Thought”, in: Illness in Context, (ed.) Knut Stene-Johansen & Frederik Tygstrup (Amsterdam/New York 2010), p. 221-245.

– ”Filosofi och ickefilosofi. Kampen om filosofibegreppet 1700/1800”, i Lychnos. Årsbok för idé och lärdomshistoria 2007

– with G. Bora, ”Fossils and Terrestrial Philosophy: Leibniz’ Protogaea and Aesthetics”, i Cardanus. Jahrbuch für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Bd. 6 (Heidelberg 2006)

– Ars Inventrix – En studie av Friedrich von Hardenbergs (Novalis’) paraestetiska projekt (Uppsala Universitet 2003)

– with G. Bora, “Det framtida ur det förgångna. Det divinatoriska tänkandet runt 1800”, Artes 2 (Stockholm 2001).

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