Theses on Theory & History

A group called “The Wild On Collective” have launched a manifesto on Theory and History. The signatories are Ethan Kleinberg, (Wesleyan) the editor of the journal History & Theory, Joan Wallach Scott, (IAS) a long time leader in theoretically nuanced historical study, and Gary Wilder (CUNY).

Find it here, tagged and with the url theoryrevolt.com/

The Theses take square aim at a conservative swing in the historical disciplines that has seen it shore up its methodology and disciplinary structures against critical reform. History as a disciplined is far poorer than any other human science as a result in its articulation of its motivations, basic assumptions, and methodological justifications.

It’s an exciting move by Kleinberg, Scott, and Wilder – I’ll post some discussion of the Theses in coming weeks.

 

 

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