Histcon.se Time, Memory and Representation Tid, Minne, Representation

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar

Victoria Fareld

Associate Professor, History of Ideas, Stockholm University

Biography

B. 1973. PhD 2007, History of Ideas, University of Gothenburg, STINT Scholar at The New School for Social Research, New York City 2005-2006, Visiting Scholar at The Institut für Philosophie, Potsdam Universität and at Sophiapol, Université de Paris-X Nanterre 2008; Fellow researcher at University of Gothenburg 2009-2012; Co-director of Studies at the Centre for European Studies, University of Gothenburg 2011-2012; Associate senior lecturer at Stockholm University 2012-. Member of the Editorial board for the Swedish cultural journal Glänta.

Ongoing research

Within the program Fareld contributes with two studies to Section II. ”Forgiveness, Future and Past: History as Collective Self Inquiry in Arendt, Jankélévitch and Améry”, discusses forgiveness and memory in relation to conceptions of guilt and responsibility in Western Europe since the post-war period, focusing on the writings of Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Jankélévitch and Jean Améry.

At the centre of attention is their understanding of the ethical relation between past, present and future, and the role they ascribe to history in the light of this relation. By reading their texts against the current notions of historical consciousness and uses of history, the analysis will contribute to a contemporary discussion about how history is used as a common space to express the failures of one’s own society.

This project is further developed through the second study ”Contemporary Forms of Memory: Monumental History inverted”, which focuses on the public debates around memorials in Germany, Austria and France since the post-war period. In contrast to the affirmative role of the monument in the 19th century, many monuments in Europe during the last decades manifest failures and regrets of Western civilization, notably the Shoah. In studying the debates around memorials, the focus is on how historical experiences are narrated and used in contemporary memory culture, as memorials reflect society not only through representing the past but also, and primarily, by manifesting society’s ongoing relation to this past.

Selected bibliography

”Ressentiment as Moral Imperative: Jean Améry’s Nietzschean Revaluation of Victim Morality”, Ressentiment: on the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics (eds. Mary Gallagher, Jeanne Riou), Transcript Verlag 2014 (to be published).
”De levande behöver de döda. Om historia, minne och sörjande”, Tid för Europa: Gemenskap, minne, hopp (ed. Wittrock), Daidalos 2012, pp. 219-229.
“The re- in Recognition: Hegelian Returns”, Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 13, No.1 2012, pp. 125-138.
”Temporalt ansvar mellan minne och glömska. Förlåtelse och skuld hos Arendt”, Konsten att handla – konsten att tänka. Hannah Arendt om det politiska (eds. Björk, Burman), Axl Books 2011, pp. 145-164.
”History and Mourning”, Rethinking Time: Essays on Historical Consciousness, Memory, and Representation (eds. Ers, Ruin), Södertörn University 2011, pp. 235-244.
”Bortom sorg och försoning” [Om Jean Amérys historiemedvetande], Glänta, nr 3-4 2010, pp. 65-73.

– ”Ressentiment as Moral Imperative: Jean Améry’s Nietzschean Revaluation of Victim Morality”, Ressentiment: on the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics (eds. Mary Gallagher, Jeanne Riou), Transcript Verlag 2014 (to be published).

”De levande behöver de döda. Om historia, minne och sörjande”, Tid för Europa: Gemenskap, minne, hopp (ed. Wittrock), Daidalos 2012, pp. 219-229. “The re- in Recognition: Hegelian Returns”, Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 13, No.1 2012, pp. 125-138.

”Temporalt ansvar mellan minne och glömska. Förlåtelse och skuld hos Arendt”, Konsten att handla – konsten att tänka. Hannah Arendt om det politiska (eds. Björk, Burman), Axl Books 2011, pp. 145-164.

”History and Mourning”, Rethinking Time: Essays on Historical Consciousness, Memory, and Representation (eds. Ers, Ruin), Södertörn University 2011, pp. 235-244.

”Bortom sorg och försoning” [Om Jean Amérys historiemedvetande], Glänta, nr 3-4 2010, pp. 65-73.

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