Conclusion: On Skipping History

Part of the New Comparisons in World Literature book series (NCWL)


The conclusion provides a summary of main aspects of non-synchronism as a critical concept. After reinstating the materialist and political valences of the term, the conclusion connects the term to a constellation of related and overlapping notions: anachronism, unequal development, longue durée, kairos and the permanent revolution, drawing on a wide range of authors including Georges Didi-Huberman, Fernand Braudel, Antonio Negri and Leon Trotsky. In contrast to anachronism, non-synchronism involves an emphasis on dialectical unity and combination. In contrast to the concept of kairos, the opportune moment or here-and-now constitutive of political action, non-synchronism indicates the unevenness of the social whole in the late imperialist scenario of capitalist globalisation.

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  1. 1.Liverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK

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