In lectures to be presented at the CAS Salon, two international scholars will focus on the issue of what lessons can be drawn from the historical study of autobiographical writings. Prof. Dr. James Amelang, professor of early modern history at Universidad Autónoma, Madrid (Spain) and Dr. Jacqueline Van Gent, lecturer in medieval and early modern history and gender studies at the University of Western Australia, argue in favor of an interdisciplinary approach. It should be culturally comparative and take into account a gender perspective and the social context, such as colonial history.
The researchers in the "Transcultural Autobiography, or The Lives of Others" DFG-funded research group investigate how individuals across cultures and historical time periods describe their own lives and specific social interactions in autobiographical writings. They analyze these self-narratives from a cultural and social perspective.
The Salon Transregional Studies series – as well as the Center for Area Studies itself – aims to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion on transregional and transcultural interrelations.
Time and Place:
- March 24, 2010, 6:30 –8:30 p.m. CAS will be serving drinks following the lectures.
- Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität, Senate Meeting Hall (2nd floor), Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin (subway stop: Thielplatz, U3)