Towards a new hermeneutics of art and anthropology collaborations
While the In Search of Europe? project involves several academic disciplines, of the involved disciplines, anthropology in particular can lay claim to an important history as well as an ongoing engagement with art. Arnd Schneider would therefore like to start this brief intervention with a short observation on that history.
Arnd Scheider is not suggesting that, in the narrow sense of willful agency, we can "learn" from history or that history "teaches" us something. Scheider certainly belives that history can be used to retrive creative potentials of past human action and interpret them for the present - to some degree this view is inspired by philosophers and historians, such as Ernst Bloch and Reinhart Koselleck.