Towards a new hermeneutics of art and anthropology collaborations
While the In Search of Europe? project involves several academic disciplines, anthropology in particular can lay claim to an important history of study of, as well as an ongoing engagement with, art. Arnd Schneider starts his intervention with a short observation on that history.
Arnd Schneider is not suggesting that, in the narrow sense of willful agency, we can "learn" from history or that history "teaches" us something. Schneider certainly believes that history can be used to retrieve 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.