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SUBJECT OF A HISTORY, SUBJECT OF HISTORY: WHAT IS THE POSSIBLE ESCAPE FROM TRAUMA?
YANYA YERKOV
The article aims to problematize the Bulgarian scientific
discourse on identity in leaning on Lacanian
psychoanalytic discourse, which proclaims a
return to Freud. The article is based on the view
that each collective of people functions as an individual
and that, consequently, the behaviour of a
group can be analyzed as if it were a single individual.
The history of a people, similar to that of
an individual, is presented as a series of traumatisms,
which are meant to characterize it as the only
history of its kind. The subject of History strives to
master the traumatic events by taking the edge off
them through repetition. Repetition reveals part of
some subjective truth, for the trauma is not a consequence
of the invasion of a tragic event in the
life of an individual (of a collective) but the effect
of the functioning of a phantasm, i.e. of a scenario
that each subject (each collective) creates in order
to conceal what is unbearable for him in his encounter
with the Real. In opposition to the traditional
idea of „national identity“ (which perceives
itself as a rounded Single Thing), we can think,
together with Lacan, of some form of identification
with the single trait, which has nothing in common
with a circle or sphere, but is simply the line
(without any contents) that, precisely for that reason,
may prove to be a support for the unrealized
subject of national History. The author indicates
that this is a matter of symbolic identification that
lay at the very beginning of the history of the Bulgarian
people, although it was subsequently abandoned
in favour of an identification of a purely
imaginary kind.
ARCHIVE, TRAUMA, RECONCILIATION
YASNA KOTESKA
The article relates the story of the author’s father,
Macedonian poet Yovan Koteski (1932–2001), and
the latter’s fate during the communist period.
Throughout nearly his whole life, he was kept under
surveillance by the communist secret services
of Tito’s Yugoslavia. Yovan Koteski’s police file
under the code name The Intimate (Intimist) is one
of the 14 572 dossiers officially declared to have
existed during the communist period of Macedonia.
The text elucidates the status of these dossiers in
present-day Republic of Macedonia: they are generally
closed to the public, being accessible only
under very serious restrictions. The author supports
the idea of full opening of the archives to researchers,
interested persons, and the public. The text tries
to explain the possible mechanisms for reconciliation,
i.e. what is needed, and why, for our recovery
in today’s post-communist world.
ON FREUD’S IMAGINARY NAZI SECRET SERVICE DOSSIER
GOCE SMILEVSKI
This essay is an attempt to imagine the File on Sigmund
Freud prepared by the Nazi Security Services.
As a fictional re-creation of real document, it
describes Freud’s everyday life, but also analyses
his relation towards Germany and German nation.
A special accent is put on Freud’s controversial
ideas on Moses and Judaism in his last work Moses
and Monotheism, where he stated that Moses was
an Egyptian and the religion he gave to the Jews
has its roots in the monotheistic religion Atonism
established by the pharaoh Akhenaton. Moses is,
paradoxically, common identity figure for both,
Freud and Hitler.
„JUST ONE WITNESS“ – LOSS, MELANCHOLY, AND ARCHIVE (BIOGRAPHICAL CASE DORINA ILIEVA-SIMPSON)
SNEZHANA DIMITROVA
This text stands for the epistemological stakes of
microhistory. Following the traces that „refer to
something other than themselves“, this study has
turned into a protocol of microhistorical practices
trough which the silhouette of „a living eyewitness,
victim, and survived participant“ – the
father’s daughter Dorina Ilieva-Simpson – is to
appear. Her way of bearing witness to one ‘deathsentence’
(of missing without traces in the time
of revolutionary terror) – her coming-of-age narrative,
Where do you come from? By Dorina Simpson,
and her charity for the ‘excluded others:
abject’, Tamarin Cheshire Home – has allowed
the reconstruction and study of ‘the archive of a
life’ in its uniqueness: the efficiency of a woman’s
melancholy caused by a loss (of ‘my father –
my world’). A melancholy whose mapping – practices
that „could change one relation to loss into
another“ (in Flatley’s wording) such as Dorina
Ilieva-Simpson’s unusually aesthetic charity work
for the helpless: victims of disasters, diseases, women
closed nude in mental hospitals, and disabled children
on a large scale in Mauritius (1960s – 1980s),
was in its attempt to change their own attitude to the
unbearable in their lives: disabled body, as if revealing
the access to the feelings that she has not been
supposed to live within: deprivation, shame and
humiliation – helps to disentangle one biographical
intrigue: the broken biography of the daughter by
the violent death of the father; it makes especially
visible the impenetrable, „abstract reality of a revolutionary
act“ (09.09.1944): the affective reality of
historical experience. So such case study – developed
in the key of the microhistorical paradigm – is
bound to define both, the locus of the women’s deprivation
and grieve, of her social confusion and exclusion,
and the women’s attitude to such experience,
and as such it could, at least, bring more nuances
to the old story about this „drama psychoanalytic
case-study“ of bourgeois woman.
REFLECTIONS ON A PARADIGM TWENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER
CARLO GINZBURG
The author provides a retrospective reading of his
essay „Clues“ (1979), clarifying some circumstances
related to its genesis. Special attention is given
to two issues, absent in „Clues“, which he developed
in his later work: the role played by proofs in
historical research and the relationship between
series and individuals.

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TOPIC OF THE ISSUE:

WITNESS and archive: contexts of microhistory

This Issue Editors:

Snezhana Dimitrova, Nina Nikolova, Svetlana Sabeva

THE OTHER ARCHIVES: THE PARADIGM OF TRAUMA

Subject of a History, Subject of History: What is the Possible Escape from Trauma?

Yanya Yerkov

Archive, Trauma, Reconciliation

Yasna Koteska

On Freud’s Imaginary Nazi Secret Service Dossier

Goce Smilevski

„Just One Witness“ – Loss, Melancholy, and Archive (Biographical Case Dorina Ilieva-Simpson)

Snezhana Dimitrova

Archive

Contribution to the Debate

on Ernesto de Martino’s The End of the World

Carlo Ginzburg

SELF-REFLECTIONS

Reflections on a Paradigm Twenty-five Years Later

Carlo Ginzburg

Scapegoating Caddy, Scapegoating Ourselves

Christy Rishoi

Manet, Flaubert, and Michelet

Roger Chartier talks with Pierre Bourdieu

MORAL PAST AND ETHICAL CRITIQUE

The Practical Past

Hayden White

The Eating of Wild Animals (Historical Perspective)

Raycho Pozharliev

A Play on Personality: An Exercise in Demythologizing an Undisputed Myth

Petar Goranov

The Question of the Just Life

Emil Grigorov

„Lord, Give Me the Present Without My Being Swallowed by It“

Snezhana Dimitrova and Nina Nikolova. Interviews Vesselin Branev

Archive

An Outsider Attracts Attention. On S. Kracauer’s The Salaried Masses

Walter Benjamin

the debate on the practical past

„We Can Study … the Traces … of the Past, … But Not the Past Itself“

Hayden White, Emil Grigorov, Ivelina Ivanova,

Yasna Koteska, Yanya Yerkov

SOCIOLOGY OF ECOLOGY

Nature Protection: the Stratified Public View

Rumiana Stoilova,Franziska Bieri

AFFECTIVITY AND REIFICATION

„Reification“ Revisited

Axel Honneth

MARGINS

Self-criticism, Deprivation, and Subjective Truth

Todor Hristov

Rejoinders and Problems Around Forced Texts

Plamen Doynov

A Useful Provocation

Dimitar Grigorov

OUR INTERVIEW

What Makes Sociology Vibrant in the Long Run?

Georgi Dimitrov Interviews Sally Hillsman

In memoriam

Daniel Bell (1919–2011)

Reviews and Comments

Obliteration and Resurrection: On the Ascribed Guilt and the Co-experienced Innocence

Petya Kabakchieva

Life in Two Dimensions

Rositsa Lyubenova

A New Feature in the Sociological Study of the Local Community

Valentina Milenkova

Questions on a Sociology of the Unprecedented

Andrey Bundjulov

Scientific Events

Round Table „The Profession of the Researcher in Contemporary Conditions of the United European

Labour Market“

Aneta Sakalova

The Jubilee 35thCongress of the German Society for Sociology

Teodora Karamelska

The International Conference „What Social Critique Today? Around Luc Boltanski and Axel Honneth“

Dimitar Bozhkov, Lea Vajsova

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