Intercultural Transfers – 35 Years after the First Attempts to Establish a New Paradigm

Intercultural Transfers – 35 Years after the First Attempts to Establish a New Paradigm

Frankreichzentrum, Centre for Area Studies and Collaborative Research Centre 1199 "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Conditions" at Leipzig University
SFB 1199, Nikolaistr. 6–10, 5th floor
From - Until
12.12.2019 - 14.12.2019
Matthias Middell

The concept of intercultural transfer implies a displacement as well as a reinterpretation linked to this displacement. Therefore, the idea is also closely related to the concept of space. While structural anthropologists tend to establish systems that fix identities in a collection of possible thoughts and behaviours, Franz Boas promoted an anthropological approach that emphasizes forms of mutual contamination of peoples and languages with quite a different understanding of space. Boas’ theories follow on from Ratzel’s anthropogeography, which intimately combines anthropology and geography. The physical composition of spatial configurations (e.g., mountains, isthmuses, steppes) is a fundamental factor in his attempts to explain encounters between cultures. Additionally, the main works of Carl Ritter contain important traces highlighting the connection between geography and anthropology. Using different examples, they shed light on the anthropo-geographical dimension of the research on intercultural transfers.

Organized by the Frankreichzentrum and the Centre for Area Studies of Leipzig University, this international conference will focus on transfers within the Franco-German or German-Russian spaces, the Caucasus countries, Turkey, Siberia, Central Asia, Vietnam, China, Greece, and Africa while trying to make theoretical advancement in the discussions about applying a perspective based on the spatial turn to intercultural transfers.


Thursday, 12 December
Venue: SFB 1199, 5th floor, room 5.55

10 am–10:30 am
Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:30 am–11 am

Michel Espagne (Paris / Leipzig)

11 am–1:15 pm
Section 1: Africa and Intercultural Transfers

Constantin Katsakioris (Beirut):
Africa and the Socialist Countries through the prism of cultural transfers

Lena Dallywater (Leipzig):
“Marxism was big at that time” – Pan-African aesthetics and Western performance cultures

Ninja Steinbach-Hüther (Leipzig):
Landschaft, paysage, landscape – Explorations between cultural transfers and Digital Humanities through the lenses of spatial semantics

1:15 pm–2:15 pm Lunch

2:15 pm–3:45 pm
Section 2: Cultural transfers from 16th to 19th century

Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink (Saarbrücken):
Inventing South-American encyclopedism: Cultural transfers and transatlantic counter-discourses in Antonio de Alcedo's Diccionario geográfico-histórico de las Indias Occidentales o América (1786–88) and its English Translation (1812)

Li Hongtu (Shanghai):
John Mill, Theodor Gomperz, Yan Fu and On Liberty: A Study on the transition of text in the three-dimensional Cultural Space

3:45 pm–4:15 pm Coffee Break

4:15 pm–5:45 pm
Round Table: Space and Cultural Transfers
Antje Dietze (Leipzig), Michel Espagne (Paris / Leipzig), Matthias Middell (Leipzig), David Simo (Yaoundé)

7 pm Dinner
at Restaurant Romanushof (Katharinenstraße 21–23, 04109 Leipzig)

Friday, 13 December
Venue: SFB 1199, 5th floor, room 5.55

9:30 am–11 am
Section 2: Cultural transfers from 16th to 19th century

Daniel Petit (Paris):
Sprachbünde und ihre Grenzen

David Simo (Yaoundé):
Georg Forsters Übersetzung des Sanskrit-Dramas Sakontala. Voraussetzungen und Bedeutung einer Kulturvermittlung

11 am–11:30 am Coffee Break

11:30 am–1:15 pm
Section 3: Asia and Intercultural Transfers

Shahin Mustafayev (Baku):
The role of the Silk Roads in the formation of the historical space of Azerbaijan

Liem Vu Duc (Hanoi):
Chinese political culture in the 19th century Vietnam: A view from the perspective of cultural transfers

1:15 pm–2:45 pm Lunch

2:45 pm–4:15 pm
Section 3: Asia and Intercultural Transfers

Meriç Tanik (Paris):
Transfers in natural sciences: The transformation
of agronomy, forestry and veterinary medicine in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey

Xiao Yingying (Nanjing):
Coexistence paradoxale: l’école moderne et le réalisme au début des années 1980 en Chine

4:15 pm–4:45 pm Coffee Break

4:45 pm–5:45 pm
Section 4: Cultural Industries and Intercultural Transfers

Christophe Charle (Paris):
Quelles dynamiques pour l’histoire de la culture en Europe? Pour une histoire comparée des médiateurs et des médiations (XVIIIe–XXe siècles)

6:00 pm
Dinner at the conference venue (Strohsack)

Saturday, 14 December
Venue: SFB 1199, 5th floor, room 5.55

9:30 am–12:30 pm
Section 4: Cultural Industries and Intercultural Transfers

Antje Dietze (Leipzig):
Transferring an industry: German panorama producers in Milwaukee in the 1880s and 1890s

11:00 am–11:30 am
Stefan Keym (Leipzig):
The role of cultural transfers in the invention of “classical music” in early 19th-century-Leipzig

Coffee Break

Qi Yue (Paris):
Les premières tentatives interculturelles sino- européennes à la fin du XIXe siècle – l’espace géopolitique et littéraire chez Chen Jitong


12:30 pm
Lunch and Farewell

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