Lucian Hölscher – Modern historiography is well-known for its transitory character. A few years after their publication, most history books are already “historical” in the sense that readers no longer take them for an actual and accurate description of the past. What can be done to counter this ephemeral weakness of historiography?
Category: Theory of history wide open
Theoretical ideas surface at different times and in different contexts of historical reasoning: they can serve as the basis for historical questions, emerge in the course of research, arise while drafting a narrative, or simply come to mind casually while reading or thinking. Many will remain fragmentary and inarticulate at first or merely be marginal and implicit in nature. We want to give prominence to theory of history issues, thoughts and approaches that are still work in progress and make this section an outspoken space for their expression. Which is why we would like to invite you to think outside the box, to become explorers and to give vent to all manner of considerations and approaches related to theory of history, regardless of whether they are inconsistent and sketchy or have been thought through to the end. In this sense, the editorial team is committed to an idea of theory of history that is not obsessed with finalized theories simply awaiting reception and application, but instead focuses on candid, self-reflexive, ceaseless questioning of our own research activity.
Justus Grebe – During the coronavirus pandemic, between lockdowns and working from home, time seemed to have come undone, offering all the more reason to also pay attention to time in history. How do time and history relate to one another? And what does time mean for history as an academic discipline?
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