[csaa-forum] Fwd: Workshop: Politics of Past and Present

Devleena Ghosh Devleena.Ghosh at uts.edu.au
Wed Oct 31 10:37:53 CST 2007

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> From: Stephanie Lawson <Stephanie.Lawson at humn.mq.edu.au>
> Date: 29 October 2007 5:40:29 PM
> To: Devleena.Ghosh at uts.edu.au
> Subject: Workshop: Politics of Past and Present
> Hi Devleena,
> Thanks for coming over last Friday - it was great to see you again and
> I'm esp. glad you could meet the infamous Preston.
> I'm sending you a notice for the workshop, although I know how  
> difficult
> it is to (a) find time for these things and (b) get out to the  
> Macquarie
> campus. But if you can come, that's be great too. If not, see you  
> at the
> book launch.
> love,
> Steff
> The Politics of Past and Present
> Is the past real? If so, how can we know that reality? Since we  
> know the
> past only in and through the present, how can we know it as ‘past’? If
> we only know the past as claims made in the present – interpretations
> that are contested and often mutually contradictory - how can we  
> settle,
> through such claims, the truth of the past? What epistemological and
> ontological implications attach to the difficulty of distinguishing  
> past
> from present? What are the implications for recuperating the  
> historical
> past, and what are the challenges for understanding the politics of  
> the
> present? What normative and methodological issues arise for the  
> study of
> the past and interpretation of the present? How are studies of the  
> past
> and of the present related? And how do issues of political and  
> cultural
> identity play out in contests over this relationship?
> If you are interested in all or any of these questions, then please  
> join
> us for a half-day workshop in the Department of Politics and
> International Relations, Macquarie University, on Friday 30th November
> 2007.
> The workshop will open with a short presentation by Preston King,
> Visiting Professor in Politics and International Relations and  
> author of
> Thinking Past a Problem: Essays in the History of Ideas (Frank Cass,
> 2000). We shall then have a number of other short presentations  
> (approx
> 5-10 minutes) on different approaches to the above questions to  
> initiate
> further debate and discussion. Offers of short discussion papers from
> staff and postgraduate students in any discipline are welcome,  
> provided
> that they address these key questions. The purpose of the  
> presentations
> is stimulate, rather than dominate, discussions.
> We plan to meet first for an informal lunch at the Staff Club at 12.00
> followed by the workshop from 1.30-4.30 in Rm 127, Bldg W6A. Note that
> there is no fee for the workshop but we will each pay individually for
> lunch. Refreshments during the afternoon will be provided by the
> Department.
> [for locations see http://www.ofm.mq.edu.au/maps_campus.htm]).
> Please send offers of discussion papers  to:
> Stephanie Lawson
> Politics and IR
> Macquarie University
> Stephanie.Lawson at mq.edu.au
> by 14 November

(Dr) Devleena Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, Social Inquiry Program
Bon Marche (Bldg 3), room 550 (enter via Harris St)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Technology, Sydney

Postal address: PO Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
Phone and Voice Mail: +61-2-95141963
Fax: +61-2-95142332

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