Doroczna Konferencja ASEEES, Boston


czw. 06.12.2018 | 10:00 -
sob. 08.12.2018 | 18:00
dr Zdeněk Nebřenský
dr Sabine Jagodzinski
dr Sabine Stach

One of the core activities of the Association is the annual convention. Held in the fall, the convention takes place each year in a different city in North America. This international forum makes possible a broad exchange of information and ideas, stimulating further work and sustaining the intellectual vitality of the field.

Convention Theme: “Performance”

The Oxford English Dictionary lists no fewer than thirteen different meanings for the word “performance,” which refers to everything from the execution of a play or musical score to the profitability of an investment. Used in myriad expressions, such as performance anxiety, performance-enhancing, performance review, and sexual performance, the term has come to play a central role in how we understand human identity and interaction, inspiring a “performative turn” in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It has also given rise to the discipline of Performance Studies, which unites artists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, political scientists, and linguists in a shared quest to understand and to express phenomenological complexity. The heuristic power of the concept of performance is not exclusive to English, since the words “performance,” “performative,” and “performativity” have migrated into other idioms, including many Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian languages.
But what precisely do we mean when we talk and write about performance? The performing arts of drama, music, and dance? Bodily practices of health, hygiene, gender, and sexuality? Performative utterances that change the social reality they describe? The rituals that constitute and legitimate political power? The flow of inanimate objects in circuits of production, distribution, and consumption? The narrative framing of events in the media? As Richard Schechner, a leading scholar of Performance Studies, has pointed out, the astonishing semantic breadth of the word “performance” links that which clearly “is” a performance in a given time and place to that which functions “as” performance due to our perception of its performativity, that is, the idea that our actions, behaviors, and gestures are not caused by, but in fact the cause of our identities.
In addition to the organization’s 50th Annual Convention, 2018 will mark 70 years since the founding of ASEEES as a scholarly society. This anniversary invites us to consider our past performance, as individual scholars and an organization devoted to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, as well as the roles we can and should perform in the future. Accordingly, proposals from all perspectives and historical periods are welcome, as are those that reflect on our scholarly responsibilities and offer performances of their own.

Panels GHI Warsaw:
-   Monasteries, Network-hubs and Business-incubators: New Approaches to the History of Prisons in Russia, Prussia, and Poland
-    Creating Regions: Case Studies of Lower Lusatia, Royal Prussia, and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 17th to the 20th Century
- History in Tourism – Tourism in History. Performative Perspectives on Touristic Interactions

Friday, December 7, 2018
Monasteries, Network-hubs and Business-incubators: New Approaches to the History of Prisons in Russia, Prussia, and Poland

Chair: Magdalena Baran-Szoltys, U of Vienna (Austria)
Papers: Ekaterina Makhotina, U of Bonn (Germany): "Sin and Justice: Monastery Prisons in the Penitentiary Praxis of Early Modern Russia"
Felix Ackermann, German Historical Institute (Poland): "The Missing Link: Guards as Critical Nodes of Informal Prison Networks"
Matthias Kaltenbrunner, U of Vienna (Austria): "Cars for the East: Prisons as Business Incubators"
Disc.: Patrice M. Dabrowski, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

Sunday, December 9, 2018
Creating Regions: Case Studies of Lower Lusatia, Royal Prussia, and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 17th to 20th Centuries

Chair: Zdenek Nebrensky, German Historical Institute (Poland)
Papers: Aleksandra Kmak-Pamirska, German Historical Institute (Poland)
"The German Portrayal of the Lower Sorbs and Lower Lusatia in the Literature and Painting of the 19th/20th Centuries"
Maria Ciesla, German Historical Institute (Poland): "Jewish Merchants and Their Economic Region in the 18th Century"
Sabine Jagodzinski, German Historical Institute (Poland): "Region and Beyond: Noble Cultures of Representation in Royal Prussia, 17th and 18th Century"
Disc.: Zdenek Nebrensky, German Historical Institute (Poland), Florian Riedler, U of Giessen (Germany)

Sunday, December 9, 2018
History in Tourism – Tourism in History: Performative Perspectives on Touristic Interactions
Chair: Miroslav Vanek, Institute of Contemporary History, ASCR (Czech Republic)
Papers: Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, Jagiellonian U (Poland): "Chernobyl’s Witnesses: Tour Guides’ Narratives in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone"
Sabine Stach, German Historical Institute (Poland): "Learning about History in 'True Commie-Cars': Performative Authentication Practices in 'Communism Tours' in Bratislava and Warsaw"
Pavel Mucke, Institute of Contemporary History, CAS (Czech Republic) / Charles U in Prague (Czech Republic): "Tour Guiding in Socialist Czechoslovakia: Oral History Perspectives"
Disc.: Juliane Tomann, Imre Kertész Kolleg, University of Jena (Germany)


Dr. Thomas Süsler-Rohringer (München): Disability, Nation und Doppelmonarchie. Behinderung und Sozialpolitik im Habsburgerreich 1880–1918
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