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"On the Concept of History / Writing History"

Published on 15 January, 2013

International Conference on Walter Benjamin

International conference on Walter Benjamin, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main & Universität Mannheim, December 12-15, 2013

Conference description (excerpt):

In its radical nature, Walter Benjamin's theory of history assumes a singular position among the historiographies of the twentieth century. To classify it as fragmentary or essayistic underestimates its inherent coherence, its argumentative consequentiality, and its particular synthetic power. These derive from the manner in which discourses from the philosophy of history, theology, and politics are bundled in changing conceptual constellations and thereby transformed.

Despite the breadth of the reception history of Benjamin’s work, his thoughts on history have failed to have a discernible impact on the dominant historiographical practices in the humanities. A reassessment of Benjamin's ambition to think history differently is thus all the more pressing, particularly if its potentialities are to be perceived and the hazardous natures of its engagements are to be considered.

This conference hopes to push Benjamin's critical positions into the center of the theoretical and political discourses of his time. To do so it will be necessary to reflect upon the historical remove that separates us from Benjamin's context and to interrogate his texts for the challenges they pose to a historical understanding beyond the current chatter of "posthistoire." In doing so, the congress hopes to take seriously his assessment that the organization of human perception by media counts as one of the most important of all historical changes.


Extended dealine for abstract proposals: 28 January 2013.

Abstracts should be sent to Benjamin-Geschichte2013@uni-frankfurt.de

For full information about the conference, visit the conference website.

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