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Workshop by Amir Eshel: Periodization, Temporality, and Historiography



Amir Eshel


Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Stanford Humanities Center Board Room



Workshop by Amir Eshel: Periodization, Temporality, and Historiography


Our first workshop will be "Periodization, Temporality, and Historiography," led by Amir Eshel. We will meet on September 26th, 12:30p-1:30p in the Humanities Center Board Room.
Website for more info and readings:
Christine Ross, The Past is the Present, It’s the Future Too: The Temporal Turn in Contemporary Art 
Focus on: p.1-17 (Introduction); p.28-36 (a disciplinary overview of time); p.48-52 (on contemporaneity); p.295-305 (the historical sublime/longue durée revisited).
Suggested Readings
Fredric Jameson, “The End of Temporality”
Amy Hungerford, “On the Period Formerly Known as Contemporary”
Hayden White, “The Modernist Event”
Initial Questions and Points of Departure:
  1. Ross argues that contemporary art can interrogate notions of simultaneity, temporality, and new visions the future once the idea of progress is finally separated from “the modern regime of historicity.” Are there similar movements in other fields, such as literature, in the past decades?
  2. Ross claims “perception in late twentieth century and early twenty-first century has been increasingly conditioned by demands of interactivity, multitasking, hypersolicitation of attention, and acceleration” (16). What do with think of this claim, and diagnostic, mass-psychological claims such as this?
  3. In disciplinary debates concerning time, Ross argues that Art, and its “temporal turn,” uniquely attempts to connect phenomenologically and historically oriented investigations of time (19). Is this generalization tenable?
  4. Ross agrees with Pam Lee that the 1960s constitute a significant ‘turn’ in contemporary art concerned with temporality. Is this shift noticeable in other fields, and is it causally related or correlated to larger cultural, social, historical, or intellectual developments?
  5. Useful terms: historicity, temporality, finitude, temporal turn (presentifying the regime of historicity by keeping the past as long as possible in the present to influence the future, making the present interminable, p.304), Benjamin’s montage, contemporaneity (49-50).
We will have light refreshments, but feel free to bring along a more substantial packed lunch.