Nachleben and the Cultural Memory of Ancient Egypt
Geographischer Bezug: Ägypten
Berichtszeitraum: Frühgeschichte / Antike
The London meeting is intended to reflect on the current state of the research into the pre-Egyptological conceptualisation, visualisation and materialisation of pharaonic Egypt and to consider whether we can find common methodological bases for further research. Meeting at the Warburg-Institute, we will take up Aby Warburg’s ideas of the “Nachleben der Antike” and discuss in which ways “Cultural Memory” and “Mnemohistory”, as devised by Aleida and Jan Assmann, and “Microhistory” in the sense of Carlo Ginzburg, can help us understand our research as a part of the relevant discourses in “Kulturwissenschaft”.
We all have different experiences with the pre-Egyptological concept of Egypt, both in terms of subject matter and method. The one, however, I think, cannot be discussed reasonably without the other (“Gedanken ohne Inhalt sind leer, Anschauungen ohne Begriffe sind blind”). All of the presentations promise to offer important contributions to this topic, and the participants will enrich our discussion. We are certain to have an open and constructive conversation about the importance of the meaning of memory and reception of the past in general, and of ancient Egypt in particular, leading to an enhanced understanding of our culture.