Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“

New release: Asymmetrical Concepts after Reinhart Koselleck. Edited by Kay Junge and Kirill Postoutenko

5. September 2011


Historical Semantics and Beyond. Bielefeld: transcript, 2011.

Although the asymmetrical concepts have been well-known to scholars across the social sciences and humanities, their role in structuring the human world has never been an object of detailed research. 35 years ago Reinhart Koselleck sketched out the historical semantics of the oppositions ”Hellenes‟/”barbarians‟, ”Christians‟/”pagans‟ and ”Übermensch‟/”Untermensch‟, but his insights, though eagerly cited, have been rarely developed in a systematic fashion.

This volume intends to remedy this situation by bringing together a small number of scholars at the crossroads of history, sociology, literary criticism, linguistics, political science and international studies in order to elaborate on Koselleck's notion of asymmetric counter-concepts and adapt it to current research needs.

Kay Junge teaches sociology at the University of Konstanz and holds currently the Visiting Chair at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology. Kirill Postoutenko teaches literature, sociology and anthropology at the Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Saint-Petersburg and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Paris. The Print of this volume was supported by the Center of Excellence ”Cultural Foundations of Integration‟ at the University of Konstanz.