Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk › Academic
Presentation for the panel ‘The humanities and the public sphere in post-war Western Europe’. Chair: Neus Rotger. Speakers: Anton Jansson, Ragni Svensson, Marieke Winkler, Johan Östling. Description: The history of the modern humanities is normally focused on the university and academic disciplines or, increasingly, interdisciplinary constellations. However, to assess the social importance and impact of the humanities, it is important to also analyze the public circulation of humanistic knowledge. The interaction with press, radio, television, and the wider book market has been thoroughly important for the unfolding of the humanities in the 20th century. Developing and underlining this theme is the purpose of this panel, which includes four scholars who in various ways seek to discuss what role humanities scholars and humanistic knowledge played in the Western European public sphere during the post-War era. This perspective widens the understanding of the history of the humanities, and puts the traditional academic disciplinary boundaries in perspective, as these did not necessary play the same role outside of the university.