When: Wed., Nov. 6, 5 p.m. 2019
The epistemological apparatus that modernity has called "history" was supposed to hold the past in place, in an order that leads to the present in coherent narrative form. But history writing itself provides knowledge that overturns this presumption, freeing the past to speak otherwise. In this talk, Susan Buck-Morss will draw from Walter Benjamin to discuss the first century as the arbitrary starting point of linear time, and to expose as deceptive the presumed concepts and categories (binaries of difference) applied to Year 1. This lecture is supported by the Political Science Department's Barbara Bailey Brown Fund.