Category: KOMPOSITA

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Absurdität

Jan Eike Dunkhase – „Nichts schrecklicher kann den Menschen geschehn, / Als das Absurde verkörpert zu sehn“. Die Sentenz des alten Goethe könnte, prosaischer formuliert, auch vom alten Koselleck stammen. In den 1990er Jahren, als der Historiker energisch sein wachsendes Unbehagen an der neuen deutschen Erinnerungskultur und deren geschichtswissenschaftlicher Unterfütterung zu äußern begann, wurde das Wort vom (etymologisch okularen) „Ereignis“ der „Absurdität“ vollends zu seiner „Pathosformel für maßstabsloses Verbrechen und Leid in der Geschichte, das durch keine nachträgliche Sinnkonstruktion eingeholt werden könne“.

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Bygone!

Sébastien Tremblay – Koselleck once said that monuments are intrinsically linked to the impermanence of historical events. They are a conversation between the past and the future taking place in the present. Yet, static, they also become agents of oblivion. What if the best path to remembrance could be found in the impulse to destroy them? Using Koselleck’s approaches to politischeSinnlichkeit and underlining the plurality of history, I argue that vandalism is not per se an act of censure or the manifestation of a “cancel culture,” but is rather an act of commemoration.

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Catastrophe

Jonathon Catlin – Reinhart Koselleck once reflected, “I built up my entire studies through the experience of the war.” Indeed, in both his social and intellectual formation he is a child of what his onetime denazification instructor Eric Hobsbawm called the “age of catastrophes.” This post reflects on Koselleck’s use of the concept of “catastrophe” and argues for his place in a tradition of German critical-catastrophist and anti-catastrophist thought, alongside Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Günther Anders, Hannah Arendt, and W. G. Sebald.

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Translating Koselleck. Challenges

Victor Neumann – Translation from German into Romanian requires terminological equivalences for two national communities with different linguistic origins, heritages, and cultural landmarks, and which live in different temporalities. Since the meaning of modernity is different, translating a fundamental concept into Romanian requires contextualization and an understanding of its meaning in both languages. Translating Koselleck requires motivating the reader, inviting them to become a co-discoverer of the other’s past and present and their own, as well as to encounter the personal experience and memory of the historian.
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Traducîndu-l pe Koselleck. Provocări

Victor Neumann – Traducerea din limba germană în limba română necesită echivalări terminologice pentru două comunități naționale avînd origini lingvistice diferite, moșteniri și repere culturale diferite și trăind în temporalități diferite. Fiind vorba de un înțeles diferit al ideii de modernitate, traducerea în limba română a unui concept fundamental înseamnă informare, contextualizare, o înțelegere a semnificației lui în ambele limbi. Cît privește traducerea lui Koselleck, aceasta necesită motivarea cititorului, asocierea lui în calitate de co-descoperitor al trecutului și al prezentului celuilalt și al său propriu, familiarizarea cu experiența personală și memoria istoricului.
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Differenz: Anmerkungen zu einem analytischen Leitbegriff Reinhart Kosellecks

Britta Hochkirchen – Sattelzeit, Erfahrungsraum, Zeitschichten, Lava: Die schillernden Metaphern, die Reinhart Koselleck als beschreibende und analytische Begriffe in seiner Forschung für neue Perspektivierungen der Historie zu nutzen wusste, sind heute zum Gegenstand eigener Studien geworden. Daneben (oder dahinter?) fallen weitere – weniger schillernde – Begriffe auf, die Koselleck nicht allein in hoher Anzahl nutzte, sondern die darüber hinaus eine zentrale Stellung innerhalb seines Denkens eingenommen haben.

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Three Memorable Excursions with Reinhart Koselleck

Jeffrey Andrew Barash – In 1982 I took the initiative to write to Reinhart Koselleck, although I had never met him, to ask if he would be willing to serve as the sponsor of my application for an Alexander von Humboldt-Fellowship. I had just defended my doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago, entitled Martin Heidegger and the Problem of Historical Meaning, and I returned to Paris to apply for grants that would permit me to rewrite my thesis for publication as a book. Upon receiving my letter, Koselleck kindly invited me to give a talk in Bielefeld on a topic of my choice.

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Fascism

Federico Marcon – An investigation into the semantic value of “fascism” immediately presents the paradox of a term that confronts us, on the one hand, with connotative clarity—everybody instinctively understands that it means something bad—and, on the other, with a bewildering excess of meanings. Its polysemy is an embarrassment for historical semantics, which strives to contain and order its content, as it is for the practitioners of Begriffsgeschichte, who attempt to register its variations from a core meaning that “fascism” does not have.

Crisis-time / Krisenzeit

Gennaro Imbriano – “Let us think about the plight of the Russians in Estonia or Latvia. Those countries are home to minorities that carry a great explosive power […]. That is, all the old issues are still there, out of which crises can flare up that could ultimately lead to armed conflicts. That is why I do not consider the hypothesis of a new war between states in Eastern Europe to be so far-fetched.”
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Tempo della crisi / Krisenzeit

Gennaro Imbriano – «Pensiamo alla condizione dei Russi in Estonia o in Lettonia. In quei Paesi vivono delle minoranze portatrici di una grande forza esplosiva […]. In altre parole: ci sono ancora i vecchi problemi, dai quali potrebbero divampare crisi che in ultima analisi possono condurre a conflitti armati. Per questo motivo non considero peregrina l’ipotesi di una nuova guerra tra Stati nell’Europa orientale».
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