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Modern Identities and Classical Antiquity

  • Studies on the “uses of the past” have steadily and consistently advanced over the past twenty years. Following the seminal studies by Hobsbawm and Ranger and Benedict Anderson on the role of narratives of the past in constructing (national) identities, and thanks the always more widespread practice of reception studies, the attention for cultural memory and lieux de mémoire, and following, many publications have investigated the role of nearer and further time layers in defining and determining structures of identity and senses of belonging across the world. Didactics of history has also contributed a great deal to this field of studies, also thanks to the always more refined methodologies of school book analysis. Classical Antiquity has obviously not been neglected, and multiple studies have been dedicated to its role in the development and reinforcement of modern identities. Yet, not only some areas of the world have remained less considered than others, but most attention has been dedicated to national identities, nationalisticStudies on the “uses of the past” have steadily and consistently advanced over the past twenty years. Following the seminal studies by Hobsbawm and Ranger and Benedict Anderson on the role of narratives of the past in constructing (national) identities, and thanks the always more widespread practice of reception studies, the attention for cultural memory and lieux de mémoire, and following, many publications have investigated the role of nearer and further time layers in defining and determining structures of identity and senses of belonging across the world. Didactics of history has also contributed a great deal to this field of studies, also thanks to the always more refined methodologies of school book analysis. Classical Antiquity has obviously not been neglected, and multiple studies have been dedicated to its role in the development and reinforcement of modern identities. Yet, not only some areas of the world have remained less considered than others, but most attention has been dedicated to national identities, nationalistic discourses, and their activation through historical narratives. This special issues of thersites wants to contribute further to research on the role of Classical Antiquity within modern identities, asking scholars to focus especially on areas that have been less strongly represented in scholarship until now.show moreshow less

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Author:Filippo Carlà-UhinkORCiDGND, Maja Gori, Loretana de LiberoORCiDGND, Andrea Avalli, Alessandro Pintucci, Jessica Clementi, Charalampos I. ChrysafisGND, Chelsea A. M. Gardner, Jonas Klein, Helena González-Vaquerizo, Andelko Mihanovic, Samuel Agbamu, Rachele Dubbini, Eran Almagor
DOI:https://doi.org/10.34679/thersites.vol10
ISSN:2364-7612
Parent Title (English):thersites
Editor:Filippo Carlà-Uhink, Maja Gori
Document Type:Part of Periodical
Language:English
Date of first Publication:2020/05/26
Year of Completion:2020
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2020/05/27
Volume:2019
Issue:10
Pagenumber:265
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Historisches Institut
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 90 Geschichte / 900 Geschichte und Geografie
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access / Gold Open-Access
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, 4.0 International