Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte

"Alte Hüte“ (Old Hats) – In the first issue of the Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte (www.z-i-g.de) in spring 2007, the title story addressed the discipline’s reputation for being out-dated. With an unbiased view toward the latest theories and current trends in the humanities, the journal has since cultivated the long memory of ideas, explored their underlying paths, and followed the rise and demise of ideas. In some cases, what appears to be a new idea turns to be “old hat”. And the same goes for rediscovering ideas of past which have faded from memory.

Each issue, published quarterly by the C.H. Beck Verlag, features a title story (e.g. “The Island of West Berlin”, “Humdrum Theory”, “Minor Informalities” etc.). These are followed by a large essay on freely chosen themes. Another section is comprised of the columns “Interview”, “Thought-Image” and “Archive” in which the participating institutions present selected specimens from their collections and new acquisitions. Each issue concludes with the section titled “Concept and Critique” featuring reviews of important new publications.

The Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte is targeted at a knowledgeable readership. As a forum of research and reflection, it strives to promote cross-disciplinary communication between all historically oriented and critically argumentative fields of the humanities.

The Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte is jointly managed by three large research libraries and archives in Marbach, Weimar and Wolfenbüttel, along with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Even though the magazine cites sources which are stored in archives, its intellectual target is the present day. It takes readers along currents of historical tradition with the aim of arriving in the here and now. It looks to archives for answers to questions which interest us as contemporaries of the 21st century.