100 Years of Now Library
Editor: Bernd Scherer, Olga von Schubert and Stefan Aue
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin, June 2019
200 pages, German
Price: 18 €
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Language is not only capable of depicting reality, but also of shaping it. Words and what they signify are always part of historical negotiation processes and express a specific perspective of the world. How can we communicate our globalized present when words and their meanings are essentially characterized by the continuity of historical interpretive patterns? Using the example of the twelve words words Language, Time, Truth, Body, Animal, Thing, Violence, Fear, Market, Image, Forum and Justice, the Dictionary of Now aims to oppose universalistic linguistic fixations of modernity with specific positions of the present. In this pluralization of temporal and spatial conceptual contexts, not only local and historical gender- and class-specific imprints and their power-political interconnections become visible. The potential for shifts in meaning and new attitudes also arise.