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Visions of Humanity
Historical Cultural Practices since 1850
Edited by Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Sebastian Jobs, Sönke Kunkel
322 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-084-8 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (September 2023)
eISBN 978-1-80539-085-5 eBook Not Yet Published
Since the 19th century the idea of an international history of humanity has influenced policy makers and activists alike. Focusing on the promises and problems, successes and failures of the concept, Visions of Humanity addresses the growing interest in historical ideas and actions targeting international and global audiences in the name of common values, rights, and concerns. Through an international set of contributions, which explore the spaces, materials, actors, and mediations of and on humanity, this volume applies both an historical and cultural lens to the tensions and struggles involved in constructing, invoking, and instrumentalizing the “we” of humanity.
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.
Sönke Kunkel is junior 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).
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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