This volume, which gathers contributions presented at the annual conferences of l'Association pour le développement de l'histoire culturelle (ADHC), questions the subjects and boundaries of cultural history in France – with regard to neighboring approaches such as cultural studies, media studies, and gender studies – to elaborate a "social history of representations." Historians, philosophers and sociologists address a large variety of topics and methodological proposals. Definitions, objects and actors, memories and cultural transfers: this book depicts the major questions that underlie the historical debate at the beginning of the 21st century.
Part I: Definitions and Frontiers
1. Introduction to Part I
2. Cultural History: A Domain, a Perspective, and an Interface
3. What Is Mediology?
4. Literary History/Cultural History: Material for a Dialogue
5. The Cultural Dimension of Social History
6. The History of Knowledge: Social or Cultural History?
7. Borders (and Their Porosity) Between Cultural History and Media History
Anne-Claude Ambroise Rendu
8. Myths and Truths of French Legal Culture, 19th-20th Centuries
9. Debate on the Sociology of Culture
Laurent Martin, with Olivier Donnat, Laurent Jeanpierre, and Éric Maigret
Part II: Subjects
10. Introduction to Part II
11. Inner Senses and Their Old Markers
12. Towards a History of Colors: Possibilities and Limits
13. For a History of the Sensitivity to the Weather
14. From the Reading of 18th-Century Police Archives to the Construction of Objects of Historical Study
15. History: The Masculine Hypothesis
16. A Romantic House: George Sand’s Nohant
17. Television and Mass Culture
18. Cultural History and Music
19. A Contribution to a Historical Approach to the Audiovisual Landscapes of Radio and Television
20. "Popular Culture", "Mass Culture": A Definition or a Prerequisite?
Part III: Memory and History
21. Introduction to Part III
22. Italian Sites of Memory
23. Historiographical Conflicts and Memory-Based Heritage: On the Luoghi della memoria and L’Italie par elle-même,Edited by Mario Isnenghi
24. Sites of Memory, Erinnerungsorte
25. "A Cry of Horror from the Abyss":Passers-On of the Indescribable: Lemkin, Fry, Karski, 1941-1944
26. Israeli National Memory: Formation, Variations, and Objections
Part IV: Perspectives and Transfers
27. Introduction to Part IV
28: Can We Write a European History of Culture in the Contemporary Period?
29. Disciplinary Smuggling
30. The Paris-London Line of Cultural Studies: A One-Way Track?
31. British Perspectives on French Cultural History
32. Is There History Under Colonial Culture?
33. Colonial History Today: A Cultural History?
34. Appraisal and Ideas for a Global Cultural History
35. Some Remarks on the Teaching of Cultural History in Eastern European Universities
36. Cultural History Facing the "Transnational Turn"
37. General Conclusion
Annex: About ADHC
In both research and teaching, the study of cultural history is burgeoning, with a variety of interpretations of culture cross-fertilizing between disciplines – history, critical theory, literature and media, anthropology and ethnology, and many more. This series focuses on the study of conceptual, affective and imaginative worlds of the past, and sees culture as encompassing both textual production and social practice. It seeks to highlight historical and cultural processes of meaning-making and explore the ways in which people of the past made sense of their world.
Submissions are invited from established scholars and first-time authors alike. Prospective authors should send a detailed proposal with a rationale, chapter outlines and at least two sample chapters alongside a brief author’s biography and an anticipated submission date to:
Howard Chiang: hhchiang @ ucdavis.edu
Christopher E Forth: cforth @ ku.edu