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Topologies of history


Malpas, J, Topologies of history, History and Theory, 58, (1) pp. 3-22. ISSN 0018-2656 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2019 John Wiley & Sons This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Malpas, J., Topologies of history, History and theory, 58(1), 3-22, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

DOI: doi:10.1111/hith.12097


History, it is routinely assumed, belongs primarily to time and the temporal. Yet although routine, the assumption is nevertheless mistaken. It is place or topos, which encompasses both time and space (and that is intimately tied to the notion of bound or limit), that is primary here, and so history has to be understood as determined topologically, and not merely temporally. The exploration and elaboration of this claim involves rethinking the ideas of time, space, and place as well as of language and narrative. History appears in its adventual character, but its adventuality is itself seen as a happening of place.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:event, history, language, narrative, place, space, time, topology
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Malpas, J (Professor Jeff Malpas)
ID Code:137163
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP160103644)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2020-02-04
Last Modified:2020-03-17
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