Writing own culture and "the other's" culture in "the heart of Europe"
Jurij Fikfak (ZRC SAZU)
Paper short abstract:
The paper explores the writing of the own and the other's culture in the "heart of the Middle Europe" (Ljubljana, Zagreb, Trieste, Klagenfurt, Graz) in 19th century. Issues are the institutionalization and professionalization; the reception of Herder, Humboldt, etc; different approaches.
Paper long abstract:
In the paper, I will explore how the view of the other's culture from the anthropological or ethnological view developed in the 19th century in the "heart of the Middle Europe" (Ljubljana, Zagreb, Trieste, Klagenfurt, Graz). In this context, the paper looks at the following questions: the institutionalization of ethnological or anthropological activity / schools, universities, associations of experts as well as the place for publications, like journals, newspapers; the creation of media and public discourses; the relationship between popular, professional and partly scientific production; the first development of professionalism; the reception and discursive use of important authors, for example, Herder, Humboldt, etc; approaches that enabled discourses on their own culture and "the other's" culture, e.g. a phylological or geographical statistical. It is important to investigate (anational) cosmopolitanism and more and more important nationalization processes and to check whether the relationship between them was then an integral part of discourses or whether these dilemmas were the result of later interpretations.
'Peripheral' anthropologies of Europe. Their histories and intellectual genealogies [Europeanist network]