Experiences of Time
Interview with François Hartog — Directeur d'études — EHESS (CRH)
François Hartog discusses his itinerary and the whole of his work, stressing in particular the readings that inspired him and the concepts he developed throughout his career, beginning with the “regime of historicity”.
Summary
One life, one research itinerary.
Interview published on 05-30-2017
Last modified on 04-11-2018
Original language: English Lire la version French
  • Biography
  • Bibliography of François Hartog
  • Interview’s bibliography

François Hartog is director of studies at the École de hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), where he teaches ancient and modern historiography. He succeeded Jean-Pierre Vernant as director of the Centre Louis Gernet de recherches comparées sur les sociétés anciennes (Louis Gernet Center for Comparative Research on Ancient Societies) and is a member of the Centre de recherches historiques. He was interim president of the EHESS in 2012. His work is characterized by a constant back and forth between past and present and is an intimate mixture of the intellectual history of ancient Greece, historiography and the study of historical forms of temporalization (his most recent works). He has greatly contributed to the formation and diffusion of the concept of the “regime of historicity” (cf. his eponymous book), which he defines as a “mode of articulating the three categories of past, present, and future”. His research sheds light on the contemporary waning of the “modern historicity regime”, due to a prevalence of the future and a belief in history, to the advantage of what he proposes to call “presentism”: a relation to time in which the present becomes the dominant category, and which gives priority to memory (traces left in the present by successive pasts) over history (reconstruction and distancing of these pasts).

La Nation, la religion, l'avenir. Sur les traces d'Ernest Renan, Paris, Gallimard, 2017.

Partir pour la Grèce, Paris, Flammarion, 2015.

Croire en l'histoire, Paris, Flammarion, 2013.

Vidal-Naquet, historien en personne, Paris, La Découverte, 2007.

Régimes d'historicité. Présentisme et expériences du temps, Paris, Le Seuil, 2002.

Anciens, modernes, sauvages, Paris, Galaade, 2005.

Évidence de l'histoire. Ce que voient les historiens, Paris, EHESS, 2005.

Le Miroir d'Hérodote. Essai sur la représentation de l'autre [1980], Paris, Gallimard, 2001.

(avec Jacques Revel), Les Usages politiques du passé, Paris, EHESS, 2001.

Le XIXe siècle et l'histoire. Le cas Fustel de Coulanges, Paris, PUF, 1988.

(avec Roger Guesnerie), Des sciences et des techniques, Paris, EHESS, 1998.

(avec Alain Schnapp, Pauline Schmitt-Pantel), Pierre Vidal-Naquet, un historien dans la cité, Paris, La Découverte, 1998.

Mémoire d'Ulysse : récits sur la frontière en Grèce ancienne, Paris, Gallimard, 1996.

Michel de Certeau, L'Écriture de l'histoire, Paris, Gallimard, 2002.

Benjamin Constant, De la liberté des anciens comparé à celle des modernes, Paris, Mille et une Nuits, 2010.

Moses Finley, L'Invention de la politique, Paris, Flammarion, 2011.

Gustave Flaubert, Bouvard et Pécuchet, Paris, Livre de Poche, 1999.

Numa Fustel de Coulanges, La Cité antique, Paris, Flammarion, 2009.

Hérodote, Histoires, livres I à IX, Paris, Belles Lettres, 1956.

Charles-Victor Langlois, Charles Seignobos, Introduction aux études historiques, Lyon, ENS Éditions, 2014.

Plutarque, Vies parallèles, Paris, Gallimard, 2001.

Polybe, Histoire, Paris, Gallimard, 2003.

Olivier Rolin, Port-Soudan, Paris, Le Seuil, 1994.

Marshall Sahlins, Des îles dans l´Histoire, Paris, Le Seuil, 1989.

Winfried G. M. Sebald, Amère patrie. À propos de la littérature autrichienne, Paris, Actes Sud, 2017.

Jean-Pierre Vernant, Les Origines de la pensée grecque [1962], Paris, PUF, 2007.