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Visions of Humanity: Historical Cultural Practices since 1850

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Visions of Humanity

Historical Cultural Practices since 1850

Edited by Sönke Kunkel, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, and Sebastian Jobs

318 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-084-8 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (September 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80539-362-7 eBook

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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, work, and sounds to provide a more nuanced understanding of the historical tensions and struggles involved in constructing, invoking, and instrumentalizing the “we” of humanity.

Sönke Kunkel is assistant professor of North American history at Freie Universität Berlin. He has published widely on the history of humanitarianism and development and is the author of Empire of Pictures: Global Media and the 1960s Remaking of American Foreign Policy (Berghahn, 2015).

Jessica C.E. Gienow-Hecht is chair of the department of history in the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She is principal investigator in the excellence cluster “Contestations of the Liberal Scripts” (SCRIPTS)while running a DFG project on the role of music and human rights in North America since World War II.

Sebastian Jobs is assistant professor of North American history at the JFK Institute (FU Berlin) and a former researcher at the German Historical Institute (Washington, DC) and at UNC (Chapel Hill). His first monograph about military victory parades in New York City explored performance and ritual as methods for the writing of history.

Subject: History (General)Cultural Studies (General)


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