Project Part 04: Cultural Tendencies and Dominants in Modern Mining


Head:

A.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ingo Schneider

University of Innsbruck
Institute of History and Ethnology
Innrain 52
A-6020 Innsbruck
Email: europ-ethnologie@uibk.ac.at

Selected References PP04

Sources on Schwaz / Kitzbühel PP04


Abstract: From the perspectives of European Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology as well as in the traditions of German-speaking 'Volkskunde' and 'Kulturwissenschaft' PP 04 will focus on the last period of mining in the Tyrol and adjacent areas. On the one hand the partial upturn, but predominant decline of mining industry in the 19th and 20th centuries will be at the centre of attention. On the other hand it is worth taking a closer look at those current processes of transformation and recreation that turn disused mines into 'cultural heritage'. By combining these two working areas the project part addresses questions of overriding importance concerning tendencies and dominants in mining culture in the context of the modern age and modernization in Europe.

The project part sees itself as a contribution to the field of qualitative social research. Therefore it concentrates on a number of case studies dealing with particular local communities, social groups and forms of everyday life. The main methodological emphasis is placed on the documentation and analysis of 'cultural objectivations' ('kulturelle Objektivationen') in a wider sense of the word. Such objectivations are provided by things, habits and routines, oral traditions, written sources and stored knowledge as well as works of art and literature but also laws, norms and structures of the social, political and economic life (cf. Scharfe 2002).

European Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, 'Volkskunde' and 'Kulturwissenschaft' have always been interdisciplinary. Therefore PP 04 can contribute a great deal to the mutual networking on social aspects of mining within the historical, linguistic and archaeological project parts of the SFB by providing a recent model for the decline of mining in prehistoric and mediaeval times. Furthermore our research activities will be embedded in a wider frame of collaborations with local associations and museums as well as with national and international experts in the fields of Ethnography, Heritage Studies, Cultural Analysis, Economic Anthropology, Social History and Industrial Archaeology. Finally, on the level of LFU Innsbruck, the project part will be an integral part of the research focus "Schnittstelle Kultur. Kulturelles Erbe – Kunst – Wissenschaft – Öffentlichkeit" ("Cultural Interface: Cultural Heritage – Art – Science – Public") at the Faculty of Humanities I. The leader of PP 04, A.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ingo Schneider, is both speaker of the research focus and representative of the unit ‘European Ethnology’ at the Department of History and Ethnology. Therefore he is highly qualified to coordinate the research activities.

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