Disha Karnad Jani – In our re-examination of Koselleck’s work on his centennial, I ask what happens when we turn one of his characteristics for modern concepts – the “simultaneity of the non-simultaneous” – on its head. Why, I ask, did his work on the modern concept of revolution and the revolutions of the 1950s-70s appear to him as inassimilable?
Sean Franzel – Though the term seriality is not a central element of Koselleck’s critical vocabulary, his work is very much attuned to how patterns of repetition and variation—defining features of serial forms—shape experiences of historical events, organize language use, and inform how historical sources are produced and evaluated.
Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey – Das Telefon läutet. Am Apparat ist Reinhart Koselleck. Ob ich schon die FAZ gelesen habe? Wenn nicht, müsse ich sofort losgehen, um ein Exemplar zu kaufen, und die Sportseite aufschlagen. Dort fände ich ein Bild, das ausdrücke, was Bildung nicht ist. Das Bild, auf das Koselleck meine Aufmerksamkeit richtet, hängt seitdem an meiner Regalwand.
Victor Neumann – Despite the fact that Koselleck’s history of concepts and theory of history have long remained fairly marginal in Germany, the impact of Koselleck’s work in the international context is impressive. Kritik und Krise and Vergangene Zukunft were translated into several languages immediately after their appearance in German, while Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe served as a model universally recognised by the academic world in Europe and the Americas.
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young – Koselleck wrote that defeat in war is the greatest transformational experience because it maximizes the distance between a planned course of action and an unplanned outcome. Therefore, as unpleasant or traumatic as it may be, being defeated “contains an inexhaustible epistemological potential” and has stood behind many innovations in historical methodology, including his own following his experience as a soldier of the defeated German army.
Javier Fernández-Sebastian – En el mundo moderno estamos más que acostumbrados a considerar el horizonte como el tropo por excelencia para el futuro. Usado progresivamente desde el siglo XIX por filósofos, historiadores y teóricos, y vulgarizado por los periodistas y por los hombres de negocios, casi ha dejado de percibirse como una metáfora.
Javier Fernández-Sebastian – In the modern world, we are more than used to considering the horizon as the trope par excellence for the future. Used progressively since the nineteenth century by philosophers, historians, and theorists, and vulgarised by journalists and businessmen, it has almost ceased to be perceived as a metaphor.
Ethan Kleinberg – Consider the Komposita “KoselleckConceptGhost” (Koselleckbegriffgespenst). The agglutination is not stable, and it is unclear which term should lead the way. If it is Koselleck, or Koselleck’s ghost, that leads, then the injunction is to investigate the semantic value of the word “ghost” to determine whether there has been a change in its valence and significance over time.