Practices of Comparing Towards a New Understanding of a Fundamental Human Practice Angelika Epple, Walter Erhart, Johannes Grave

Bielefeld Bielefeld University Press 2020
1 online resource (406 p.)
1st ed.
Geschichtswissenschaft 2020

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Angelika Epple, born 1966, is vice-rector for International Affairs and Diversity at Bielefeld University and teaches history with a focus on the history of the 19th and 20th century. Since January 2017, she has been the spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1288 Practices of Comparing. She has broadly published on the history of globalization/s, theory of history, and historiography.
Walter Erhart,__born 1959, teaches German literature at Bielefeld University. Since 2017, he has been vice-speaker of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1288 Practices of Comparing. His research focuses on German literature from the 18th to the 20th century and practices of comparing in world travel literature and in autobiographical writing.
Johannes Grave, born 1976, is professor of art history at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena and principal investigator at the collaborative research centre »Practices of Comparing«. For his research on art around 1800, early renaissance painting and picture theory he has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis 2020.
Practices of comparing shape how we perceive, organize, and change the world. Supposedly innocent, practices of comparing play a decisive role in forming categories, boundaries, and hierarchies; but they can also give an impetus to question and change such structures. Like almost no other human practice, comparing pervades all social, political, economic, and cultural spheres. This volume outlines the program of a new research agenda that places comparative practices at the center of an interdisciplinary exploration. Its contributions combine case studies with overarching systematic considerations. They show what insights can be gained and which further questions arise when one makes a seemingly trivial practice - comparing - the subject of in-depth research.
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Frontmatter 1 Contents 5 Acknowledgements 7 Practices of Comparing 11 Preliminary Typology of Comparative Utterances 39 Incomparability 87 Odysseus, Blackbirds, and Rain Barrels 111 Where Do Rankings Come From? 137 The Weight of Comparing in Medieval England 173 The Shifting Grounds of Comparison in the French Renaissance 199 Comparison and East-West Encounter 213 Japan as the Absolute 'Other' 229 "Goût de Comparaison" 257 Inventing White Beauty and Fighting Black Slavery 295 The Politicisation of Comparisons 329 Genealogies of Modernism 349 Comparing in the Digital Age 377 Authors and Editors 401
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (SFB 1288) funder., Funder,
Epple, Angelika editor Universität Bielefeld, Deutschland, Editor
Erhart, Walter editor Universität Bielefeld, Deutschland, Editor
Grave, Johannes editor, Editor
Publisher Number:
10.17302/9783839451663 doi