Con­tem­porary Pasts

By | Published on September 3, 2020

Con­tem­porary pasts. The expression may look like a very tra­di­tional trope –looking at the past from the assumption that nothing in the past can be properly examined without artic­u­lating some of our most pressing, urgent ques­tions. In that sense, it is –it is a tra­di­tional trope. However, this expression, con­tem­porary pasts, indi­cates some­thing else: by exam­ining the past, we are con­stantly engaging in this question: what does it mean to be a con­tem­porary? What does it mean to combine intel­lectual activ­ities with the pres­sures of activism in our current ethico-political circumstances?