Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University
Latency as Origin of Our Present. Conjectures about a New Social Construction of Time
Contemporary [global] everyday life no longer takes place within the same "chronotope," within the same social construction of time [a legacy from the early nineteenth century] that had shaped what we call "historical culture." this is the main thesis the lecture will try to explain and to document. in doing so, it will trace the slow emergence of a new chronotope from mid-twentieth century on, i.e. a development first misunderstood as a strange deformation of traditional "historical time." "Latency" was the concept that often served to describe, in several western cultures, the early literary and philosophical reactions to this change.