Workshop: "Two Cultures" avant la lettre

12.07.2016 um 15:30 Uhr – 13.07.2016 um 16:30 Uhr

Herrad von Landsberg_Hortus Deliciarum_um 1180_wikimedia_gemeinfreiFew beliefs about the nature of academic knowledge appear to be less problematicand are more deeply ingrained than the assumption that a wide gulf divides the humanities and the natural sciences.But like many other dichotomies that characterize modernity, this binary opposition is younger than we tend to think.

It was in the 19th century that academics began to develop a sense of belonging to either the humanities or the sciences. Only after the division had become an accepted fact the philosophical reflection about it gathered momentum. And even then the distinction was not always quite as clear as one might assume. The workshop will enquire into its (pre-)history and asks: How did the »two cultures« come about? And to what extent were and are they really two?

Program: Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Historicum, Schellingstraße 12
15:30-15:45 Welcome and Introduction, Fabian Krämer (Munich)
Before the "Two Cultures"
15:45-16:15 Ways of Reading and Observing in Early Modern Natural History, Fabian Krämer (Munich)
16:15-16:45 A Science of Letters? Forms of ›Normal Science‹ in the 18th-century Humanities, Floris Solleveld (Nijmegen)
16:45-17:45 Commentary and Discussion, Paola Molino (Munich)
Main Building, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
18:30-20:30 Key Note Lecture: Science and Philology: When the Way Parted
Anthony Grafton (Princeton)
20:30-22:00 Conference Dinner

The key note lecture is organized in cooperation with the Munich History Lecture.

Program: Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft, Amalienstraße 38

The Modern Bifurcation of Academic Disciplines and its Limits
10:00-10:30 The Notion of ›Geisteswissenschaften‹ in the 19th Century: Symbolic Boundaries and the »Two Cultures«, Julian Hamann (Bonn)
10:30-11:00 The Flow of Knowledge Before and After the Great Divide, Rens Bod (Amsterdam)
11:00-12:00 Commentary and Discussion, Dana von Suffrin (Munich)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
C.P. Snow and After
13:00-13:30 C.P. Snow, The Two Cultures, and Contextualist Intellectual History
Guy Ortolano (New York)
13:30-14:00 The Two Cultures of Rowohlts Deutsche Enzyklopädie
Michael Hagner (Zurich)
14:00-15:00 Commentary and Discussion, Christian Joas (Munich)
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
Final Discussion
15:30-16:30 Commentary and Final Discussion, Lorraine Daston (Berlin)


If you wish to participate, please send an email to fabian.kraemer@lmu.de.