Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION

Asynchronicities in the Modern Age

  • Prof. Dr. Annette Werberger,
  • Josephine Kujau, M.A.,
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Asendorf
  • Prof. Dr. Michał Buchowski
Brandenburg Ministry of Sciences, Research and Cultural Affairs (Seed Money)
January 2015 - December 2015

The genesis of the concept of ‘asynchronicities' can be traced back to the end of the period when German cultural sciences first emerged in the 1920s and 1930s. Yet its origins lie in the period after 1789, which are considered the "incubation period" (Jörn Leonhard) of asynchronicity and the beginning of attempts by media technology to create synchronicity as an element of the idea of progress.

In general, ‘asynchronicity' is used to draw attention to unfinished transformations and changes. Referring to ‘asynchronicity' legitimates or visualises a modern age in the temporal sense. Yet instead of deploying ‘asynchronicities' in this sense, as solely a problematic concept for the events of modernisation, in the planned post graduate program the term "asynchronicity" is also to be applied as an analytical concept. This allows the stability, flexibility and the productive use of unities of old and new in the Modern Age to be investigated, as well as the often concealed co-operation between various time regimes in the formation of institutions, in cultural policy campaigns, in the world of work, in contact between cultures and in history of science. In the process, the attributions of pre-modern, amodern and modern temporalities are critically revised. Revealing and analysing heterogeneous temporality in the fields of "constructed modernity" (Latour) based on the analysis of example cases in science studies and social technology, or on historical and theoretical studies, shall demonstrate that the interplay between the arrière-garde and avant-garde is fundamental for our modern self-conception.

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