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Epistemic Vehicles in the Human Sciences

July 24, 2009


A Conference in Memory of Lydia Marinelli

Lydia Marinelli (1965-2008) was one of the finest and most inventive Austrian historians and curators of her generation. Although scholars will remember mostly her original and inspiring attempts to renew the historiography of psychoanalysis and her exhibitions, her work had also wider implications with regard to the ways knowledge is generated and transmitted in the human sciences. At a time when historiographical approaches were mostly discipline-bound and text-oriented, opening up the world of the book and of other media in relation to psychoanalysis involved a major reframing of the historical enterprise in this domain. Marinelli's analyses of the role of visual technologies and of the critical function of the archive and the museum in the transmission of psychoanalytic knowledge constitutes a challenge for traditional intellectual histories. This conference will honour her memory by investigating the dynamics of the major knowledge vehicles in the human sciences: books, journals and other print media, the role of the visual arts and technologies and the multiple ways museum objects can spur epistemic processes. Special attention should be given to those fleeting and recalcitrant objects that haunt especially the sciences dealing with mental phenomena. Studying the often paradoxical attempts to track the ephemeral can yield new ways to think about what seems most evident and familiar to us.


Available Presentations


Opening of the Conference

Speakers: Thomas Hübel (IWK Vienna), Andreas Mayer (MPIWG Berlin) More Opening of the Conference


Andreas Mayer (MPIWG) in cooperation with the Institut für Wissenschaft und Kunst in Vienna


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