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

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar


Stefan Helgesson & Jayne Svenungsson (Eds.): The Ethos of History. Time and Responsibility

Berghahn Books 2018. With an afterword by Hans Ruin.

Description by the publisher:

At a time when rapidly evolving technologies, political turmoil, and the tensions inherent in multiculturalism and globalization are reshaping historical consciousness, what is the proper role for historians and their work?

By way of an answer, the contributors to this volume offer up an illuminating collective meditation on the idea of ethos and its relevance for historical practice. These intellectually adventurous essays demonstrate how ethos—a term evoking a society’s “fundamental character” as well as an ethical appeal to knowledge and commitment—can serve as a conceptual lodestar for history today, not only as a narrative, but as a form of consciousness and an ethical-political orientation.

More information available here.

The publication draws on the final international conference of the research program 10-12 September 2015 in Sigtuna, Sweden, on the topic “The Ethos of History”, including keynote speeches by Aleida Assmann, Berber Bevernage, Achille Mbembe and Joan Scott. The conference program, including paper titles, can be downloaded here (.pdf).

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