17.02. – 18.02.

/ 10:00 – 17:00

Administory Authors’ Workshop

Administrative Cultures and their Aesthetics

Jonathan Foster (University of Stockholm), Alexandra Irimia (KWI International Fellow), Stefan Nellen (Swiss Federal Archives), & Burkhardt Wolf (University of Vienna)

Online (ZOOM) & Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI), Room 106, Goethestr. 31, 45128 Essen

In preparation for a special issue of ADMINISTORY, the editorial team is organizing an authors’ workshop to present and reflect on the contributions received after the call launched in 2022, themed Administrative Cultures and their Aesthetics. The participants will exchange thoughts and feedback for 15 pre-circulated articles written in English or German, in the presence of most of their authors.

This special issue seeks to unpack aesthetic configurations manifest in literary and artistic works engaging with state administration and related bureaucratic topics and spaces, set in (or against) a variety of historical backgrounds. The contributions discuss the ways in which specific narrative or visual strategies and stylistic devices identifiable in these works help to shape a distinct imagery of specific administrations, with their underlying complexities, tensions, and paradoxes. In short, the issue deals with the aesthetics of specific administrative cultures.


ADMINISTORY: Journal for the History of Public Administration / Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte is published jointly by the Institute of Austrian Historical Research (IÖG) and the Swiss Federal Archives (SFA) in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt and the Munich Centre for Global History, LMU Munich. It aims to foster debate on the history of states and administrations. With its innovative articles and broad methodological and theoretical spectrum, the yearbook is a key interface between historical and cultural science research, and discussions on the state and administration in the social, legal and political sciences. It publishes articles in English and German.

For details about the journal, please refer to the website.