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Joint Workshop 2015: The Sciences and the Arts: Different or Similar Tendencies of Evolution?

JOINT Workshop 2015

JOINT Workshop 2015

July 21 - 22, 2015

Freie Universitaet Berlin, Seminarzentrum, Room L115, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

The workshop linked to the 2015 summer school aimed at opening up new perspectives on a question that requires being addressed, if one takes into consideration that ‘culture’ extends far beyond the limits of the humanistic disciplines. It comprises all human activities not to be encountered with regard to animals, including mammals. In this acceptation, science is part of culture. Its emergence and further development are most evidently linked to certain places and certain periods in history— that is, to specific cultural constellations. What the sciences moreover share with the arts are the factors of invention, ingenuity and construction. Conversely, the sciences are always bound to the observation of the phenomenal world — which art is not, or at least not by necessity; and they are able to literally transform the material world, whereas the transformative ‘power’ of the arts seems to be restricted to world views. One could easily adduce a variety of aspects that would demonstrate that the spheres of science and of the arts are characterized by a mix of commonalities and differences which it is difficult to systematize. — In addition, there is the problem of mutual influence. Historians of art (of literature, of music) would be ready to concede that novel tendencies in these fields are — not always, but quite frequently — linked to changes that occurred in the field of science including the applied sciences. It might be a more controversial view, however, to hold that artistic production (including trivial strata) influenced the internal development of the sciences.

Please find the video recordings of the workshop here.


Tuesday, July 21

9:30-10:00 a.m.  

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION Joachim Küpper (Freie Universitaet Berlin)

10:00-12:00 a.m.  

CHAIR Enrico Lucca (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

LECTURE Annette Jael Lehmann (Freie Universitaet Berlin): Black Mountain Research – Perspectives on an Ongoing Inter-Institutional Collaboration Between the Museum Hamburger Bahnhof and the Freie Universitaet Berlin

1:30-3:30 p.m.    

CHAIR Stephanie Bung (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
LECTURE Emanuele Coccia (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales): Contemporary Advertising. Between Science, Moral and Art

4:00-6:00 p.m.    

CHAIR DS Mayfield (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
Adam Hofri (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Trust Practice in Its Cultural Contexts

Wednesday, July 22

10:00-12:00 a.m.   

CHAIR Sven Thorsten Kilian (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
LECTURE Yufan Hao (The Chinese University of Hong Kong): Statecraft in Chinese Politics: Why Both Science and Arts Are Needed?

1:30-3:30 p.m.     CHAIR Anett Dippner (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
LECTURE Jacques Neefs (The Johns Hopkins University): Flaubert’s Narrative Prose: Literature as Knowledge and Science
4:00-6:00 p.m.    

CHAIR Daniela Hahn (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
LECTURE Leonard Neidorf (Harvard University): On Beowulf and Biology: Empirical Methodology in Humanistic Research