Dislocated Positions of the Confessing Subject
From Historical Self to Revelation
Keywords:testimony, memory, loss, representation, revelation
This paper analyses the relationship between lack and possibilities of bearing witness in a post-historical context. We wanted to see how discussions about indeterminacy and testimony change the way in which we understand possibilities of truth in relation to the confessing subject. The limit of the language of testimony and memory generate experiences of incompleteness and inadequacy which make us negotiate the position of the confessing subject between an impossible historical truth and the non-discursive truth of revelation. We argued that the resistance to representation which drives the language of testimony reflects the improper position of the witness between historicity and existence. There is always an already lost historical event that we have to testify for and that foreshadows possibilities of significance. The witness can only generate discourse from inside a dislocated position which also marks the understanding of revelation.
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