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>From: "Daniel Thomas Moore" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Literature, Aesthetics and 
>Philosophies of History, 1860-1940 (UK) 
>(11/30/06; 1/18/07-1/19/07)
>Literature, Aesthetics and Philosophies of History, 1860-1940
>
>The University of Birmingham
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>To be held at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham
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>18th-19th January 2007
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>                   In his seminal Metahistory (1973), Hayden White
>describes a later-nineteenth century separation between the realms of
>ëtrueí history and ëphilosophicalí history and a renewed interest in
>the implicit assumptions inherent within constructions of the past. The
>resultant ëcrisis in historicism, particularly within German
>historiographical and philosophical thought, had important consequences
>for the claims made to knowledge, truth and transparency by the
>historian. The aesthetic correlatives of this crisis are to be found
>throughout the Europe of the time ñ literature, criticism and art that
>spans the period, from Baudelaire and Pater through to Benjamin and
>Heidegger, from Impressionism to Surrealism, concerns itself not only
>with knowledge per se, but how understanding of the past has profound
>implications for living within the present.  
>
>	This conference starts with the premise that the writers, artists and
>critics of the later-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries were
>working with a well-defined historical sense. Many were historians,
>historicists, antiquarians and philosophers of history, consistently
>engaging with models of history and historical process, and
>interrogating the past and its construction in the present in cogent
>and philosophically-assured ways. It also begins by saying that
>comparisons of the literature and the visual arts with the
>historiography and the philosophy of history of the period have so far
>been under-theorised, due at least in part to the perceived discordance
>of the practices employed by these different disciplines and the desire
>to read the arts and literatures of Aestheticism, Decadence and
>Modernism through their own, often acute, anti-historicism. As a
>result, the depth of the connection remains unplumbed. There remain
>gaps, holes and silences: How precisely is the past and historical
>modelling used in the text and image of the period? What attempts are
>there at ëmodernistí or ëaestheticistí history and historiography and
>how do these attempts ground themselves epistemologically? How might
>the methods of our own present thinking help us in re-conceptualising
>more fruitfully the relationships between the art and philosophy of
>history within this period?
>
>	We are seeking academics and postgraduates working within literary
>studies, history and the philosophy of history or in art and cultural
>history, to contribute to an interdisciplinary forum on these and any
>other points of crossover between literature, art, history and
>historiography and to challenge some of the ways in which these
>disciplines have conceptualised the period 1860-1940. The proceedings
>of this conference will be published as an appendix to a special issue
>of the e-journal Modernist Cultures (www.modernist.bham.ac.uk), devoted
>to the topic of Literature, Art, Historiography and the Philosophy of
>History, to be published in December 2007.
>
>	Papers should be 15-20 minutes long. For further details, or to submit
>a proposal of between 200-300 words, contact Daniel Moore at
>[log in to unmask] The deadline for proposals is 30th November
>2006.

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