Quote: Gitelman on “history”

2021-03-07 - Definitions / Literature / Quotes / Theory

“By history, I mean to invoke the limited sense in which doing history means putting together narrarives about events (also “history”) based on interpreting the “indexical survivals” or inscriptions that form a fragmentary record of the past. Put this way, history is not a science but a hermeneutic, an interpretative mode sutured to a disciplinary practice” (Gitelman 2008, S. 129).


Gitelman, L. (2008) Always already new: media, history and the data of culture. 1. MIT Press paperback ed. Cambridge, Mass. London: MIT.

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