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De la délégitimation contemporaine de l’histoire (médiévale) en particulier, et des disciplines fondamentales en général

Abstract : The present delegitimization of history, and particularly of medieval history, is linked to the evanescence of the nation-state, as the the nation-state ensured its justification by its ancientness ; whereas economics and its ahistorical logics are now the ideology of a system in which it is multinational companies and transnational institutions that have come to dominate. And yet the delegitimization of (medieval) history is more broadly just a part of the loss of legitimacy which fundamental disciplines in general went through, due to the fact that the only values now recognized are monetary ones, because advanced capitalism succeeded in making its ideology (that is, its values), which allows it to reproduce himself, coincide with the very mechanisms that form its core-that economics have taken precedence over other social sciences (like history) is in this respect only a sectoral illustration of a broader phenomenon. As a corollary, the elite curriculum has shifted from fundamental disciplines to applied disciplines; to this qualitative increase in the recruitment of the latter has been added the fact that they also have been the main beneficiaries of the massification of higher education, and this double increase, both qualitative and quantitative, has reversed in their favor the relation of forces within the academic field. Thus social delegitimization has been translated into academic delegitimization.
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Julien Demade. De la délégitimation contemporaine de l’histoire (médiévale) en particulier, et des disciplines fondamentales en général. Chris Jones; Conor Kostick; Klaus Oschema. Making the Medieval Relevant. How Medieval Studies Contribute to Improving our Understanding of the Present, 6, De Gruyter, pp.135-150, 2020, Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung. Beihefte, 978-3-11-054530-2. ⟨10.1515/9783110546316-006⟩. ⟨halshs-02536839⟩

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