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.
Table of Contents
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 8. Myths and Truths of French Legal Culture, 19th-20th Centuries 9. Debate on the Sociology of Culture 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
Evelyne Cohen is Professor Emeritus of Contemporary Cultural History at École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques (ENSSIB-Lyon University).
Anaïs Fléchet is Associate Professor of History at Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
Pascale Goetschel is Professor of Social and Political History of Culture at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Laurent Martin is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle.
Pascal Ory is Professor Emeritus of History at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.