Time, Memory, and Representation – A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
Funding: 35000000 SEK


The post-war period has witnessed an increased preoccupation with the relation between present, past, and future in both knowledge and practice. With the linguistic and hermeneutic turn in philosophy, cultural theory, feminist critique of science, conceptual analysis, and post-colonial questioning of culturally biased narratives, the way history is studied, interpreted, and produced, has become a central academic concern. This concern also mirrors a more general growing preoccupation in Western culture with history, with politics of memory, with the cultural heritage, the construction and destruction of memorials. The program explores this new common territory in three general sections: Time, Memory and Representation. The first explores the conceptual historical critique of fundamental historical categories, including established chronologies, the second how politics of memory and uses of history shape the relation to the past and it seeks to develop the existential foundations for historical consciousness, and the third explores how different mediums (literature, film, language) shape and influence historical narratives and representations. The program gathers 25 researchers from 13 disciplines, philosophy, intellectual history, gender studies, cultural studies, global studies, history, archaeology, art history, aesthetics, literature, film, political science, theology. It is organized from Södertörn University in Stockholm, but researchers are recruited from all six major universities in Sweden

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