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Uncanny History: Temporal Topology in the Post-Ottoman World

Stewart, CW; (2017) Uncanny History: Temporal Topology in the Post-Ottoman World. Social Analysis , 61 (1) pp. 129-142. 10.3167/sa.2017.610109. Green open access

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Abstract

Post-Ottoman temporal topologies—cases where the past, present, and future may be bent around one another rather than ordered linearly—may produce uncanny histories. The uncanny is activated, as Freud noted, when something secret comes to light, but also when the expectations of a given genre are exceeded. In these cases, the genre of historicism has been violated. Rather than contending that the post-Ottoman world is entirely different from Western Europe, the examples here alert one to the presence of uncanny histories in many other places since historicism has nowhere managed to eradicate its alternatives. Unsettled pasts of violence and displacement and presents beset by ongoing tensions (political, economic, religious/ethnic) do contribute, however, to a particular vitality and saliency of uncanny histories in the post-Ottoman sphere.

Type: Article
Title: Uncanny History: Temporal Topology in the Post-Ottoman World
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/sa.2017.610109
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2017.610109
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Alevis, Freud, genres of history, Greek Civil War, myth, topological history, the uncanny
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1543051
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