The meeting was part of a larger research project dealing with the theoretical and interdisciplinary bases as well as the future goals and public functions of historical philology and literary history. The central focus is on the relation of literary studies to history and sociology; the first conference (‘literature / history’) highlighted the long-neglected interactions between history and literary studies. While the slash between ‘literature’ and ‘history’ signals interchangeability and connection on the one hand, separation and disconnection on the other, the papers and discussions tried to clarify the fundamental theoretical assumptions of the two disciplines as well as the similarities and differences of their operative concepts: with regard to narrative, textuality, representation, the conception and modelling of historical processes and the state of fictional and factual ‘truth’ after the ‘linguistic turn’. The competing ways of representing history were studied in detail (especially regarding the ‘modern’ 20th century in literature and history); panels and discussions analyzed how conflicts and co-operations between historiography and literary criticism are carried out in transdisciplinary fields like ‘cultural history’, ‘history of knowledge’ or ‘cultural memory studies’.
Aleida Assmann (Konstanz), Norbert Bachleitner (Wien), Christian Begemann (München), Barbara Beßlich (Heidelberg), Klaus-Michael Bogdal (Bielefeld), Franziska Borkert (Osnabrück), Wolfgang Braungart (Bielefeld), Matthias Buschmeier (Bielefeld), Holger Dainat (Bielefeld), Angelika Epple (Bielefeld), Astrid Erll (Frankfurt am Main), Daniela Fulda (Halle (Saale)), Achim Geisenhanslüke (Regensburg), Manuela Gerlof (Berlin), Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey (Bielefeld), Martin Huber (Bayreuth), Bettina Joergens (Detmold), Kai Kauffmann (Bielefeld), Dorothee Kimmich (Tübingen), Tanja Morstein (Bielefeld), Inka Müller-Bach (München), Helge Nowak (München), Barbara Picht (Frankfurt (Oder)), Wolfram Pyta (Stuttgart), Jörn Rüsen (Bochum), Philipp Sarasin (Zürich), Eckhard Schumacher (Greifswald), Peter Schöttler (Paris), Kirstin Schmidt (Hamburg), Ralf Schneider (Bielefeld), Wolfgang Struck (Erfurt), Silvia Serena Tschopp (Augsburg), Beatrix van Dam (Münster), Torsten Voß (Bielefeld), Wilhelm Voßkamp (Köln)