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Erik Castrén Brown Bag lecture of Marie Curie Post-Doc Liisi Keedus

In this session, Liisi Keedus will present her research project "“Between the Times”:  Embattled Temporalities and Anti-Historicism in Interwar European Thought" that she is currently working on at the Institute.

Time:  Wednesday 8 April at 15.15
Venue: P545 Faculty Meeting Room
Coffee will be served. No registration needed.

The project traces the intersections between anti-teleological temporal
imagination(s) and changes in the way the human world and the methods for its study were conceptualized in interwar European thought. Its primary emphasis is on junctions between scholarly fields (theology, jurisprudence, classical studies, literary theory, linguistics, sociology, philosophy), and it focuses on intellectual groupings, rather than individual authors, whose anti-historicisms – or so it hypothesizes – provoked a spectrum of revolutions in methodological and political thought. What were the aims of these humanist and social thinkers in creating novel visions of time and historicity? What were the political languages encoded in the anti-historicist impulses? How did their implications differ in different national contexts and why? How did anti-progressivism relate to an abundance of contemporary outlines of time as movement towards apocalypsos and eschaton? Which were the interconnections and/or antagonisms between progressivist (for instance, communist) and the “reactionary” (conservatism)
versions of anti-historicism?