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'FIGURES OF THE END OF THE WORLD': A masterclass with Slavoj Zizek

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Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

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FIGURES OF THE END OF THE WORLD

Apropos the topic of the end of the world that prevades our media, Alenka Zupannin ironically noted that one should not expect too much from the end of the world – it may disappoint us... To this, I would only add a similar variation on the worry about a catastrophic end of the world: don't worry, sooner or later the end will come. This variation brings out the underlying assumption of our fear about the end of the world: we silently presume that, if we talk and worry enough about it, it will maybe not happen. So what if the true end of time is not a mega-catastrophe but the endless repetition of the same epitomized by the standard conclusion of the end of an episode in TV-series which indicates what awaits as next week - to quote Alessandro Sbordoni: “As the end gets nearer, more is yet to come.” So maybe we already live (in) the end of the world.

TWO CLASSES:

 

1 - Welcome to the age of indifference

2 - Why it is not enough just to postpone the end

 

Literature: Slavoj Zizek texts on Substack: https://slavoj.substack.com/

The masterclass will take place at Birkbeck campus. It will consist of two in-person seminars with Professor Zizek. The first teaching session will be chaired by the BIH Co-Director Prof Esther Leslie and the second one by the BIH Co-Director Prof Jacqueline Rose.

Tickets can be purchased separately for each of the two sessions which will run from 14:00-16:00 (GMT) on both days. Each session costs £20 but there is also a combined ticket available to attend both days at £30.

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