Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches To Presentism

Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches To Presentism
Tags: Marek Tamm

Is time out of joint? For the past two centuries, the dominant Western regime of historicity has been future-oriented, but there has now been a shift towards a present-oriented regime or 'presentism' which abandons the linear, causal and homogeneous conception of time characteristic of the previous era. Contemporary Approaches to Historical Time engages with this change of paradigm, providing a timely overview of cutting-edge interdisciplinary approaches to historical time in the contemporary world. Marek Tamm and Laurent Olivier have brought together scholars working in history, anthropology, archaeology, geography, philosophy, literature and visual studies to rethink the epistemological consequences of presentism and discuss critically the traditional assumptions that underpin research on the matters of the past. Beginning with an analysis of presentism, the contributors move on to explore new temporalities before turning to their implications for the preservation of material culture via a number of international case studies. This book provides an excellent survey of current trends in historical theory and will be valuable reading for scholars and students working across the humanities and social sciences.