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New Publication: “Visions of Humanity: Historical Cultural Practices since 1850” edited by Sönke Kunkel, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, and Sebastian Jobs

News from Sep 23, 2023


This book offers a critical reflection of the historical genesis, transformation, and problématique of “humanity” in the transatlantic world, with a particular eye on cultural representations. “Humanity,” the essays show, was consistently embedded in networks of actors and cultural practices, and its meanings have evolved in step with historical processes such as globalization, cultural imperialism, the transnationalization of activism, and the spread of racism and nationalism. Visions of Humanity applies a historical lens on objects, sounds, and actors to provide a more nuanced understanding of the historical tensions and struggles involved in constructing, invoking, and instrumentalizing the “we” of humanity.

More information can be found on the publisher's website

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