Memoria y Sociedad
Print version ISSN 0122-5197
RUFER, Mario. Temporariness as a Policy: Nation, Forms of the Past and Postcolonial Perspectives. Mem. Soc. [online]. 2010, vol.14, n.28, pp. 11-31. ISSN 0122-5197.
This article discusses the concept of time in History (the discipline) as a political notion. Starting with and analysis of the connivences between history, nation and temporality, the author tries to unravel why it operates a hierarchical distribution of "subjets of history" and "subjects of culture". Dealing with specific cases of South Africa and Argentina, he tries to see how this distribution (even resignified in the "multicultural nation") prevents to realize certain continuities in the reproduction of asymmetries. This piece of work ends analyzing a postcolonial notion of history as loss, meaning a hybrid regime of historicity.
Keywords : Nation; temporality; memory; postcolonial studies; history; South Africa; History; Argentina; postcolonialism.