LNUC CONCURRENCES SEMINAR SERIES IN COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES
Synchronisms and Concurrences: Visions of Simultaneity in 18th-century Cultures of Knowledge in Europe
Welcome to the LNUC Concurrences Seminar Series in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies!
Lecturer Helge Jordheim, Professor of Cultural History, Department for Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo
Title Synchronisms and Concurrences: Visions of Simultaneity in 18th-century Cultures of Knowledge in Europe
Abstract In this talk I aim to analyze the genres and practices of synchronism in 18th-century European knowledge cultures, mainly in the German-speaking area. Based mostly on visual representations, or rather diagrams of knowledge, I will discuss the existence of an alternative way of organizing time and space, eclipsed by the rise of historicism and the idea of progress, with which this period is mostly associated. More specifically, I will trace the idea of multiple parallel histories distributed across global space, which, I would claim, exist as something of a ‘road not taken’ in German historiography, which has later hastily been identified with Herder and Hegel.