IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 631: Assembling Things and Humans: On the Formation of Associations, Groups, and Societies, II

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Tilo Renz, Collaborative Research Center 980 'Episteme in Motion', Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Beate Ulrike La Sala, Collaborative Research Center 980 'Episteme in Motion' / Institut für Philosophie, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 631-aObjects, Places, and Perceptions: Narrating Medieval Utopian Communities
(Language: English)
Tilo Renz, Collaborative Research Center 980 'Episteme in Motion', Freie Universität Berlin
Tilo Renz, Collaborative Research Center 980 'Episteme in Motion', Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Political Thought
Paper 631-bAssembling Materials, Paintings, and Humans in Late Medieval Tuscany
(Language: English)
Iris Helffenstein, Collaborative Research Center 980 'Episteme in Motion' / Kunsthistorisches Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Iris Helffenstein, Collaborative Research Center 980 'Episteme in Motion' / Kunsthistorisches Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Religious Life
Paper 631-cTranscultural Economics of the Marvellous in German Travel Narratives, c. 1200
(Language: English)
Falk Quenstedt, Collaborative Research Center 980 'Episteme in Motion' / Institut für deutsche und niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Falk Quenstedt, Collaborative Research Center 980 'Episteme in Motion' / Institut für deutsche und niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Social History
Abstract

The second of two panels featuring scholars from the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre 980 ‘Episteme in Motion’ (Freie Universität Berlin) seeks to examine different ways in which things can become associated with other things as well as with human beings, thereby producing greater units or networks. Taking as our point of departure Bruno Latour’s notion of the ‘assemblage’, we ask whether such chains of associations should be seen as assemblages of different materialities or whether we are justified in speaking of larger collectives, to which human and non-human actors contribute in different but complimentary (and sometimes conflicting) ways. Can such chains of associations contribute to processes of knowledge change? Can we read artefacts (texts, artworks) as assemblages? Does their specific form as media turn artefacts into actors that likewise participate in the formation of collectives?