The future is unknowable and inevitably brings risks with it. In his critical exploration of hope, Birkan Tas stresses the importance of remaining open to the risks that the unknowability of the future entails. He sees this as a way of critiquing the current instrumentalisation op hope as exclusively forward-looking, individualising and depoliticising. His approach is to reconceptualise hope as an affective orientation in time and he draws on selected sources from queer theory, disability studies, affect theory, art and philosophy. He focuses on a number of contemporary objects including an online suicide prevention campaign, a Google commercial, self-help books, artworks and political practices.
B. Taş: Reclaiming Hope: Affect, Temporality, Politics.
Prof. M.D. Rosello
Dr M. Aydemir
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