Rural History 2015

Panel 34

Organizers: Huechtker, Dietlind (1)

Affiliation: 1: Center of historical and cultural studies on East Central Europe (GWZO), Germany

Title: Conceptions of Space and Time: Some Insights in the village

"The panel discusses the relationships of time and space in the perspective of the historical meanings of village, countryside, provinces. Rural societies are historical and relational. They were neither an anthropological constant nor do they exist without their counterparts: the town, the urban space or the center. Town and village are imbedded within a spatial and temporal imagination of legal, economic and/or social differences. Nevertheless, the village or the countryside represents the specific, the space which has to be explained, while the urban space stands for the norm of development the norm of modernity. Rural societies are not only special spaces they also represent special times, mainly backward, following, slow etc. In the historical debate in the 1970ies and 1980ies the village became something like a counterpart, a space of critique in structuralism and modernization theories. The village was the example of a “Gegenwelt” against the impositions of modernity.
The first presentation discusses kinship marriages in Alpine Communities in the Nineteenth Century (Margareth Lanzinger). The second presentation is based on research in Ukrainian villages. It will discuss the change of rural/spatial identities and practices on the background of changing state/empire constellations (Sabine von Loewis). The third presentation takes a Polish comedian trilogy of 1967 – 1977 as an example for popular culture dealing with the topic of resettlement, generation conflicts and modernity (Dietlind Huechtker). The fourth presentation uses the concept of “cultural lag” for a new discussion on the questions what might be backwardness and progression further on (Werner Nell). The last presentation bases on Ukrainian village again. In accordance with Peggy Levitt’s concept of “transnational villages”, the villages will be perceived as social space constituted by members of the village community – migrants as well as non-migrants."


Papers (part I)

Chair: Margareth Lanzinger, Universität Wien/Universität Innsbruck, Austria

Paper 1: Youth, Socialism, and Modernity: The Village in Polish Popular Culture [+]

Dietlind Hüchtker, GWZO, Leipzig, Germany

Paper 2: Spatial Orders in Ukrainian Villages Performed at a 520-Year Village Jubilee

Sabine von Loewis, Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, Germany

Paper 3: Cultural Lag – Revisited: Are there any Chances of Being Backwarded by Living in a Village?

Werner Nell, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Paper 4: The Globally Connected Western Ukrainian Village

Matthias Kaltenbrunner, University of Vienna, Austria


Papers (part II)

Chair: Margareth Lanzinger, University of Vienna/University of Innsbruck, Austria

Paper 5: Village Spatial Concepts and Political Action (GDR 1945-1950)

Ursula Schlude, Institute of Saxon History and Cultural Anthropology, Dresden, Germany

Paper 6: Perception of rural landscape in the eighteenth century: the native view

María José Ortega Chinchilla, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Paper 7: Space in the everyday life of the Polish countryside after 1945 [+]

Ewelina Spak, Polish Academy of Science, Poland

Paper 8: Reinventing Tuscany: The Vine, the Olive Tree, and the Temporalities of Landscape [+]

Dario Gaggio, University of Michigan, US


Suggested deadline for sending completed papers 31 july 2015

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