By Marek Tamm
Lately, we have now witnessed a rearticulation of the normal dating among the prior, current and destiny, broadening historiography's diversity from learning earlier occasions to their later impression and that means. the quantity proposes to examine the views of this procedure known as mnemohistory, and argues for a redefinition of the time period 'event'.
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The attention paid to storytelling, narrative and traces leads to a higher esteem for the subjective aspect, the personal and individualized apprehension of time. ’ Some thinkers even use it in their search for an ideal-typical concept that might account for the biographical event, by taking up the ternary relation suggested by Erving Goffman between the ego position, deﬁning the subject as a witness of and actor in the event; the position of the so-called objective referent that places the subject in the position of victim; and the position of rapport with others (Leclerc-Olive 1997: 59).
The infra-signiﬁcant event; 2. The order and rule of meaning, bordering on the non-evenemental; 3. The emergence of supra-signiﬁcant, oversignifying events’ (Ricœur 1991: 51–2). The ﬁrst level simply corresponds to the description of ‘that which happens’ and arouses surprise, a new relation to what is established. It also corresponds to the orientation of the methodological school of Langlois and Seignobos, which established source criticism. Second, the event is placed into explanatory frameworks correlating it to regularities, to laws.
In historical societies, beginning with the Hebrews of the Old Testament and the ancient Greeks, the role of controlling and governing is played by history insofar as it constitutes a science of chronology which organizes the uniform ﬂow of time around a certain number of landmark events. And, ﬁnally, in contemporary society Bastide sees the emergence of a new discipline provided with a forecasting power which aims at looking into the future in order to better manage hazardous events. But this list hardly exhausts the ambivalence that continues to mark the concept of the event between its possible afﬁliation to a temporal logic permitting the pinpointing of its invariants, on the one hand, and ‘that François Dosse 31 which resists our mind, remaining hopelessly “opaque” to it’ (Bastide 1968–1975: 824), on the other.