With the end of the Cold War the supporting narratives of progress collapsed – the liberal-capitalistic one and the one of a communist ideology; and were replaced by a confusing multiplicity of histories and partial narrations. But we also know that “progress” as a figure of thinking is a social reality (Jörn Rüsen). The session will be dealing with the following questions:
• How do actual textbooks deal with the end of progressive narratives since the end of the Cold War and with the actual phenomenon of crises of various kinds
• How is progress used as a historical category and is connected with agency?