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Logic(s) of Historical Persistence

Jason Wittenberg (Berkeley)

Thursday, 15 June 2023 14:15

On 15 June 2023 we will welcome Jason Wittenberg together with the Leibniz Science Campus (LWC) to our Regensburg Research Colloquium. He will give a lecture on "Logic(s) of Historical Persistence". The lecture will be held in English.



While persistence and change have long been central in the study of politics, we do not yet
fully understand the criteria by which claims of persistence can be made. What is the dividing line
between continuity with the past and change from the past? This paper addresses that question
through an examination of how social scientists discuss and assert persistence of social phenomena
even in the presence of change. It identifies different logics of persistence, each of which specifies a
different set of criteria for distinguishing between identity-preserving and identity-destroying change.
The paper draws on examples from the United States, Eastern Europe, and Germany.

Jason Wittenberg:

Dr. Jason Wittenberg is Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

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