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Contradictions that Matter: Sex, Ontology, Apocalypse

April 9, 2018 -
4:30pm to 7:00pm
Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra Mall

Free and open to the public.

RSVP requested.

Mladen Dolar: "The Endgame of Aesthetics, from Hegel to Beckett"

Alenka Zupančič: “Apocalypse is Disappointing”

Slavoj Žižek: "Ernst Lubitsch - Cynicism, Humor, and Engagement"

Perhaps the best way to identify an epoch is to search for the contradictions that traverse it. This series of interventions will focus on three contradictions that define our historical moment: the inconsistencies and tensions of sexual politics (the transgender movement, MeToo, etc.); the tension between scientific naturalism and a dimension that is supposed to escape it in philosophy; the controversies over the forthcoming apocalypse -  ecological, economic, social - is the threat real or just a projection of our inability to deal with the new situation?

Event Sponsor: 
Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Humanities Center, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Department of Theater & Performance Studies , Stanford Global Studies Division
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