The Identity, Culture and Communication cluster is comprised of members of staff from the School of Humanities and elsewhere at BGU. The Cluster brings together the work of a number of researchers from across the subjects in the School, including English Literature, History, Theology, Drama and Sociology.
Workshop on ‘The Identity of …….’
Wednesday 11 October 2017
Across the different disciplines of BGU’s School of Humanities, members share an interest in the rise and use of the term ‘identity’ in the later twentieth and early twenty-first century humanities. This inaugural workshop for our Cluster brought together the ongoing research of members of the School of Humanities from the disciplines of Archaeology, History, English, Drama and Theology on the subject. PhD and Master-students from the School of Humanities joined the workshop. Most contributions emphasized the ‘forged’ character of what Archaeology, History and Literature can reconstruct with their source material, and thus of the ensuing ‘identity’ that we can reconstruct as researchers. Several cases documented in detail how hard groups or individuals worked in order to forge an ‘identity’ for their various audiences. The ensuing debate asked not least why the later twentieth and early twentieth century humanities have then chosen the term ‘identity’ rather than the term ‘role’.
However, towards the end of the workshop, the Master students had their own vote to decide which contribution they found most compelling in terms of the use of the concept of ‘identity’. It turned out to be the last one. Dr. Dennis Eluyefa had engaged, during a project with prisoners, inmates with drum playing. He reported how, and why, drumming could constitute another identity than the one the inmates had receive – i.e. that of prisoners. In his contribution, ‘forging’ seemed to play the least role. Rather, we seemed to be given at least a glimpse on that much sought for good that ‘identity’ was meant to catch: In a world of ‘forged’ identities, we crave for ‘authenticity’. We all look forward to see whether and how the next workshop on ‘The Monstrous’ (March 21, 2018), scheduled in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the publication of ‘Frankenstein’, will relate to ‘forged identities’ and to ‘authenticity’.
Program and Schedule
14 30 – 15 30 Dr. Claire Hubbard Hall, Introductory session for Master students
1530 – 1730 Contributions
Dr. Robert v. Friedeburg (History), Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Duncan Wright (Archaeology), The Identity of an Anglo Saxon Female Smith
Dr. Jack Rhoden (History), The Identity of a Book Collector
Dr. Sibylle Erle (English) The Identity of a Poet Laureate
Melanie Jackson (History, Theology), The Identity of Someone who had a Flight Experience, and then wrote about it
Dr. Hazel Kent (History), The Identity of Women Conscious Objectors
Dr. Claire Hubbard Hall (History), The Identity of a Gestapo Officer
Dr. Dennis Eluyefa (Drama), The Identity of a Drummer
1730-1745 Coffee break
1745-1815 Questions and debate: In which case is the concept of ‘identity’ most vital to the story?
1815-1845 Responses from the speakers
Women’s voting rights to be celebrated by Vote100 events at BGU in 2017-18
Women’s rights will be celebrated with a number of events in close cooperation with the School of Humanities. Please click here to find out more about Vote 100 at BGU.
PhD student from the University of Bologna visiting BGU to study commentaries of Aristotle
From mid October 2017 to late January 2018, the School of Humanities and the Cluster hosted Irene Iarocci, a PhD student in the History of Political Thought from the University of Bologna, Italy. She was enrolled as a guest staff member of the university and was supervised during that time by Dr. Robert von Friedeburg.
As the main part of her research activity, she worked at a comparison between two commentaries of Aristotle’s Politics: one by Leonardo Bruni (Aristotelis Stagiritae politicorum sive de republica libri octo, Leonardo Aretino interprete, Roma, 1492), the other by Pietro Vettori (Petri Vectorii commentarii in VIII libros Aristotelis De optimo statu civitatis positis ante singulas declarationes graecis verbis auctoris, iisdemque ad verbum latinum expressis, Florentiae, apud Iuntas, 1576).
The main aim of her work with Dr. von Friedeburg was to investigate how and to which extent, between the 15th and the 16th centuries, the different choices to translate key concepts of the Politics from Greek into Latin (such as πόλις, κοινωνία, and πολιτεία) marked a shift in early modern political thought and subsequently an evolution in the meaning and use of the concept of res publica.
In order to pursue her research, she studied at the BGU library, and at the British Library, and made researches at the Lincoln Cathedral libraries (Exchequergate and Wren), working on early modern editions of Aristotle’s Politics.
Cluster Workshop ‘Human Monsters’
Monsters are ubiquitous. In the year of the Bi-Centenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the second interactive and interdisciplinary Cluster Research Workshop aims to generate conversation and discussion about ‘The Monstrous’.
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