New book reflects on the past in the humanities and social sciences

Domańska is one of today’s leading historians and theorists of history and is linked to a refined lineage of avant-garde historians.
社会科学
27 三月 2024
New book reflects on the past in the humanities and social sciences

In “A história para além do humano” (“History beyond the human”), a book published by FGV Press, Ewa Domańska offers a critical program of revaluation and innovation of historical reflection in the 21st century, through advanced research, proposing a new meaning of the past from the perspective of the possible future.

Domańska is one of today’s leading historians and theorists of history and is linked to a refined lineage of avant-garde historians. Her outstanding work in the field of historical theory at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and as a visiting professor at Stanford University has made her studies known throughout the world. Since the 1990s, she has carried out bold and original research on the problem of truth and historical representation, narrativism and post-structuralist critique. More recently, in an innovative and pioneering way, she has broken new ground on the Anthropocene and post-humanism, arousing interest in her thought and work in different countries.

This new book sets out essential aspects that guide her research work:

  • The idea of building holistic and relational knowledge of the past that values coexistence and cooperation between species, academic cultures and non-Western ways of knowing;
     
  • An understanding of the humanities and history as active forms of knowledge that empower historical subjects who are aware of their ethical and political roles;
     
  • Her trans and multidisciplinary approach, which aims to liaise with the scientific field, merging different sciences, methodologies and knowledge, with a view to building bridges between different academic cultures and practical knowledge;
     
  • Her future-oriented proposal, which reflects the changes under way in the present in order to rethink a historiography that is no longer defined by criticism but by alternative ways of relating to and knowing the past in global and planetary terms.

In her discussions of “history beyond the human,” she explores two foundational categories of history as a product of Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian cultures that are at the core of her approach to the past: humans (anthropocentrism) and historicity.

To acquire the book, click here.

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