Fortid i (g) oversættelse: Om historisk empiri i poststrukturalistisk tænkning

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This article discusses how poststructuralism changes the concept of sources in the field of history. Translating the postcolonial debate about representation of the Acultural Other@ to the question of the historian representing the Apast Other@, the article draws on Jacques Derrida's theories of translation to form a concept of historical sources as "un/original events." Such events create Ahypothetical equivalences@ in their translation of conflicting discourses. Methods emphasizing this performative aspect of sources are discussed in relation to an interpretation of sources informed by Clifford Geertz’ hermeneutic cultural history.

Translated title of the contributionThe Past in Translation: The Role of Historical Sources in Poststructuralism
Original languageDanish
JournalDen jyske historiker
Issue number88
Pages (from-to)118-148
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2000

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Theory of history, historiography, the linguistic turn, historical sources

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