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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.

Event details of Rethinking and reclaiming hope
Date 9 November 2016
Time 13:00 -14:00
Location Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
Room Location

B. Taş: Reclaiming Hope: Affect, Temporality, Politics.


Prof. M.D. Rosello


Dr M. Aydemir

Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk

Room Location

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.