Revolution in the 20th century podcast

Between the Times researchers Tommaso Giordani and Ksenia Shmydkaya spoke to Enriko Mäsak for the podcast Filotsoon. The topic of conversation was revolution and violence in the 20th century, and the discussion focussed on Georges Sorel, Stanislawa Przybyszewska, and their relation to the memory and heritage of 1789.

The podcast is available here:

Revolution and Violence: Views from The 20th Century

“A Home in Aardla Street” by Piret Peiker

Piret Peiker’s “A Home in Aardla Street“ („Kodu Aardla tänavas“), is a contribution to the
collection of essayistic memoirs My Childhood Home Was In the Estonian SSR (Minu
lapsepõlvekodu oli Eesti NSV-s, 2019, eds. Epp Annus, Brita Melts) by a group of Estonian humanities scholars.

The contributors of varying age and background describe the material and mental lifeworlds of their early years, highlighting the syncretism and change of the home topoi during the period. Primarily a personal reminiscence, Piret Peiker’s piece contemplates the ruptures and continuities in Estonian history and perception more generally.
The book is of interest both to an academic and to a general audience.

‘The New World of Karl Barth: Rethinking the Philosophical and Political Legacies of a Theologian

Liisi Keedus has published an article on Karl Barth in The European Legacy. The full publication in Open Access is here. Here is the abstract:

It is only recently that a few histories of interwar European political thought have come to acknowledge that its discursive framing of ethical and social crises was closely interwoven with upheavals in the ways Europeans rethought and debated God. The first aim of the present article is to restore to Karl Barth (1886–1968) a central place in promulgating a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to twentieth-century European ethical and political thought. Secondly, it seeks to correct the commonplace association of Barth’s theological revolution with radical and authoritarian political ideologies by exploring his early political thought and activities, whilst focusing on several of his most politically and intellectually influential ideas. The article concludes with a discussion of the wider implications of rethinking Barth’s role in intellectual history.

Book launch roundtable – “Rethinking Historical Time”

On 6 November at 2-5.30pm a book symposium will take place at TLU School of Humanities (room M-328), marking the publication of a new collective volume, “Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches to Presentism”.
The symposium features the presentations by the two editors (Marek Tamm and Laurent Olivier) and by one of the contributors (Liisi Keedus), but also two papers by the readers of the volume (Tommaso Giordani and Tõnu Viik).
The symposium is organized with the support of TLU Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies and ERC grant BETWEEN THE TIMES led by Liisi Keedus. All are welcome!

Full programme here.

‘The Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before’

Henry Mead published an article entitled ‘The Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before’ in the American on-line journal, Fair Observer (15 July 2019). The current wave of populism calls to mind the mood of the early 20th century when liberal values in England saw a “strange death.” The impulse that generated new proposals for power distribution as a replacement for both classic and statist liberalism is at work again in forms of post-liberalism on the left as much as the right.

Dora Marsden and Anarchist Modernisms

Henry Mead recently published a chapter entitled ‘Dora Marsden and Anarchist Modernisms’ in Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: The Modernist Period, ed. Faith Binckes and Carey Snyder (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019), pp. 226-241. The chapter contains a discussion of Max Stirner’s radical individualist theory of history plus details on Emma Goldman’s and Benjamin Tucker’s anarchisms. It identifies Marsden’s quarrel with Tucker as signalling a divergence, continuing through the interwar period, between an anarchist ‘early modernism’ and a conservative ‘high modernism’.