Engaged Humanities
Engaged Humanities
Rethinking Art, Culture, and Public Life
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1. Foreword: Culture and Anarchy Revisited (Joep Leerssen)
2. Introductory Chapter: Engaged and Engaging Humanities (Miriam Meissner, Aagje Swinnen, and Susan Schreibman)
I. Subjectivities and Communities
3. “Literature as Equipment for Living”: Parental Self-Fashioning in Full Circle Adoptions (Elisabeth Wesseling)
4. “Look! Look Now, So Beautiful”: Collaborative Engagement with an Artistic Film Installation in Residential Dementia Care (Aagje Swinnen, Ike Kamphof, Annette Hendrikx, and Ruud Hendriks)
5. Examining Multilinguistic Practices in a Peripheral Region: Social Categorization and Belonging (Leonie Cornips, Jolien Makkinga, Nantke Pecht, and Pomme van de Weerd)
6. Hacking Rules: Facilitating Inclusivity in Hacker- and Makerspaces (Annika Richterich)
II. Engaging Narratives
7. Generation War: Dissonant Perceptions of World War Two and the Holocaust (Georgi Verbeeck)
8. Revisiting a Vanished Shtetl: A Reconstruction of the Everyday Life of the Jews of Interwar Grodzisko Dolne Based on Oral and Written Testimonies of Holocaust Survivors (Amanda Kluveld)
9. Minimalist Lifestyles and the Path to Degrowth: Towards an Engaged Mindfulness (Miriam Meissner)
III. Collaborations
10. Embedded, Embodied, and Engaged: Studying and Valorizing Home Movie Dispositifs (Tim van der Heijden and Joseph Wachelder)
11. History in a Box: Bringing Families Together through Technology (Costas Papadopoulos and Susan Schreibman)
12. Bridging the Gaps between Theory and Practice through Cross-Institutional Collaboration in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (Pip Laurenson, Vivian van Saaze, and Renée van de Vall)
IV. The Humanities Tradition: Pioneers and Longstanding Debates
13. Between Female Hellenism and Suffrage: Jane Ellen Harrison’s Feminist Engagement and the Early Performative Turn in the Study of Religion (Ulrike Brunotte)
14. Educating for Democracy: Empathy, Reading, and Making Better Citizens in Martha Nussbaum’s Public Education Project (Sjaak Koenis and Jan de Roder)

Engaged Humanities

Rethinking Art, Culture, and Public Life

What is the role of the humanities at the start of 21st century? In the last few decades, the various disciplines of the humanities (history, linguistics, literary studies, art history, media studies) have encountered a broad range of challenges, related to the future of print culture, to shifts in funding strategies, and to the changing contours of culture and society. Several publications have addressed these challenges as well as potential responses on a theoretical level. This coedited volume opts for a different strategy and presents accessible case studies that demonstrate what humanities scholars contribute to concrete and pressing social debates about topics including adoption, dementia, hacking, and conservation. These “engaged” forms of humanities research reveal the continued importance of thinking and rethinking the nature of art, culture, and public life.

Aagje Swinnen

Aagje Swinnen is Professor in Aging Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. She has published on representations of aging in literature, photography, and film; meanings of art interventions in dementia care; and ways in which professional artists understand and give meaning to creativity in the later stages of their career in journals such as Journal of Aging Studies, The Gerontologist, Dementia, Ageing and Society, and Feminist Media Studies. Swinnen is co-founder of the European Network in Aging Studies and the open access journal Age, Culture, Humanities.

Amanda Kluveld

Amanda Kluveld is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. Her research focuses on the role of genealogy in academic Holocaust studies. Central to her current research project are the forgotten Jewish prisoners of the Amersfoort concentration camp (Kamp Amersfoort) from 1941–1945.

Renée van de Vall

Renée van de Vall is Professor in Art and Media at Maastricht University. She has published on the phenomenology of spectatorship in contemporary art and on the theory and ethics of contemporary art conservation. Between 2016 and 2019, she was project leader of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA).