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Inroad to Singularity: Arlette Farge and the Co-Authorship of the Archive

Timo Luks – Historiography is deeply connected with archives, and sometimes even reduced to a mere report of archival findings. For Arlette Farge, archival evidence is nothing less than a sudden inroad to singularity, constantly challenging every attempt at theorisation. But how do modes of writing and theorising history change if co-authorship is conceded to the archive?
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Outlines of a critical theory of history

Christophe Bouton – Philosophical research on history as it is developing today in France does not pursue the ambition that characterized the philosophies of history of Hegel or Auguste Comte, namely delivering the sense and finality of “the history of humanity”. This way of thinking about history continued to recede throughout the twentieth century, and has been criticized by both philosophers (such as François Lyotard, who pointed to the end of “great narratives”) and historians (for example Paul Veyne and Roger Chartier). Like many others I prefer the expression “theory of history”, in order to establish distance from the tradition of teleological philosophies of history. What positive content can be attributed to it?
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Theory of History as a reflexive endeavor. Tracing the ‘Beginning’

Marcus Wystub – An unfinished workpiece; it is being face-milled; the machining process begins. Further machining of the unfinished workpiece would be impossible without a plan surface. Finally, it needs a measuring reference. A beginning has been made here in the working. What would a ‘beginning’ in historical-theoretical activity look like? Where does working on theory of history begin?
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From the When of History to the How of the Historical

Sina SteglichOn this Side of History: the title of the book brings to mind a mental or intellectual localization. Anyone who is on this side of history understands it not as something transcendental or beyond reach, but as something close and tangible. Yet this kind of proximity could also be broadly understood as a precondition for—or at least a facilitator of—understanding. History up close raises challenges.
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Theorizing History or How to Rethink Theory of History through Questions

Lisa Regazzoni – In his artwork Collage oulʼâge de la colle (Collage or the Age of Paste), Man Ray confronts us with the question of when historical ages and thus caesurae are marked and along what criteria. What if paste were to be raised to a category of historical time structuring analogous to the stone, iron or bronze age? After all, its technical relevance is immense, and not only for members of the avant-garde in the arts. Is Man Ray doing “Theory of history” in his artwork?
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„There are no truths outside the Gates of Eden“ (Bob Dylan)

Jörg van Norden – Theory of history is one of four pillars in history didactics. History didactics considers the educational value of history and before giving an estimate must first clarify what history really is. Theory of history explains what history is. The question of theories in history should be subordinate to the question of what history is.
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