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Historicity

Current phenomena such as “fake news” and the idea of “alternative facts” indicate a change in the general conception of factuality. The strict barrier between fact and fiction that was a product of nineteenth-century historicism appears to be disintegrating, at least outside of academia. Where does that leave the historical sciences? At the same time, historical scholars’ necessarily retrospective approach to the world we live in does not sit comfortably with public expectations that research present quick solutions to pressing societal and cultural problems. Across academic disciplines, the historical perspective risks being marginalised. The research group addresses both these important challenges through practical analyses of a broad selection of cultural phenomena from the recent and distant past as well as through theoretical discussions of cultural historical methods

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Last Updated 15.02.2024