Panel I: Justification Narratives in Transitional Periods

November 13, 2009, 10.30 – 12.30, Casino – Cas 823 Festsaal

A sure sign of the transformation of normative orders in times of social, political and cultural upheavals is the changes undergone by the justification narratives of norms and normative orders. These changes can take extremely diverse forms. Traditional justification narratives can be weakened by criticism or be replaced by alternatives. Elements from narratives of different origins can become conflated and parts of narratives can undergo reinterpretation or acquire other justificatory functions. The relations between justification narratives, norms and norm-governed practices can change. The panel will attempt to explore the forms and functions of such modifications of justification narratives drawing upon historical examples from different eras.

Prof. Moritz Epple

Introduction

Prof. Dr. Moritz Epple


Prof. Dr. Moritz Epple: Following studies in physics, mathematics and philosophy, he obtained a doctorate in mathematical physics in 1991 and did his habilitation in the history of mathematics and natural science in 1998. Between 2000 and 2002 he was a Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Foundation. From 2000 to 2003 he was Chair of the Department of History of Natural Sciences and Technology at the Institute of History of the University of Stuttgart. Since October 2003 he has been the director of the workgroup on the history of science of the Department of History at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Epple’s research interests are focused on the history of the mathematical sciences between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries in their scientific, cultural and political contexts. Among other things, he is interested in the role of the mathematical sciences in the European Enlightenment, in mathematicization processes in modern societies, and in the relations between natural science and war. Recent publications: Jüdische Mathematiker in der deutschsprachigen akademischen Kultur (coedited with Birgit Bergmann) (2008); Science as Cultural Practice. Vol. 1: Cultures and Politics of Research from the Early Modern Period to the Age of Extremes (coedited with Claus Zittel) (forthcoming); Science as Cultural Practice. Vol. 2: Modernism in the Sciences (coedited with Falk Müller) (forthcoming).

Prof. Hans Kippenberg

Das Thomas-Theorem In der modernen Religionsgeschichte

Zur Differenz zwischen normativen Haltungen und Handlungen

Hans KippenbergHans G. Kippenberg, born in Bremen in 1939, has been Wisdom Professor for Comparative Religious Studies at the Jacobs University Bremen since 2008. He studied theology, Semitic and Iranian languages and the history of religions in Marburg, Tübingen, Göttingen, Leeds (UK) and Berlin. From 1977 to 1989 he was Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at the University of Groningen (NL), from 1989 to 2004 Professor of Theory and History of Religions at the University of Bremen and, concurrently, from 1998 to 2009 Fellow in Religious Studies at the Max Weber Center of the University of Erfurt. Prior to that he was Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld. Recent publications: Coeditor with T. Seidensticker of The 9/11 Handbook: Annotated Translation and Interpretation of the Attackers’ Spiritual Manual (2006); Gewalt als Gottesdienst: Religionskriege im Zeitalter der Globalisierung (2008); coeditor with J. Rüpke and K. v. Stuckrad of Europäische Religionsgeschichte: Ein mehrfacher Pluralismus. 2 Vols. (2009).


Prof. Hartmut Leppin

Deo auctore

Die Christianisierung kaiserlicher Selbstdarstellung in der Spätantike

Hartmut LeppinHartmut Leppin (* 1963), studied history and classical philology in Marburg, Heidelberg, Pavia and Rom, and went on to obtain his doctorate from the University of Marburg in 1992 with a dissertation on the social position of Roman stage performers. In 1995 he did his habilitation at the Free University Berlin with a dissertation on political conceptions in late classical historiography. Following positions in Greifswald, Nottingham and Göttingen, he has been in Frankfurt am Main since 2001. He is Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence. The principal foci of his current research are on the history of political ideas in antiquity and on Christianisation processes in late classical society. Recent publications: Theodosius der Große: Auf dem Weg zu einem christlichen Imperium (2003) (Italian and Spanish translations 2008); ‘The Church Historians I: Socrates, Sozomenus, and Theodoretus’, in G. Marasco (ed.), Greek and Roman Historiography: Fourth to Sixth Century (2003), pp. 219-254; ‘Power from Humility: Justinian and the Religious Authority of Monks’, in N. Lenski (ed.), Shifting Frontiers (at press).

 


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