Parallel lectures-speakers

We present you our first parallel speaker: Barnita Bagchi

She is an Indian feminist advocate, historian, sociologist and faculty member in literary studies at Utrecht University.

She will inform you about dystopian literature across the world, focusing on European classics, South Asian and Afrofuturistic approaches of dystopia in media and movies. Hereby, the relationship between culture and thought about apocalypse and dystopia is discussed.

Our second parallel speaker: Wieger Wamelink

He is an ecologist en exobiologist at Wageningen University & Research

What will the future bring with migrating species? Will ecosystems as we know them survive? Or will we go towards forests dominated by stone oak? Or do we have to migrate to Mars to survive as a species? Wieger Wamelink will tell us more about this interesting subject at this years Congo Conference.


Last but not least, our third parallel speaker: Boris van Meurs

He is a PhD student of philosophy at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. His dissertation will discuss the relation between geological time, narrativity and human action.

In the climate debate, one is often faced with the possibility of a coming eco-catastrophe. The idea of this catastrophe is used to propagate political changes that should be made as soon as possible, as in the speeches of Greta Thunberg. The end of the world seems to slowly become a possibility to reckon with and climate activism justifies its civil disobedience by appealing to the urgency of the situation. This begs the question in what way exactly the idea of a possible ‘Apocalypse’ and the concept of politics are related. How do you govern the possible end times? How do images of the eco-catastrophe make new forms of political organization possible? In my lecture I will critically engage with political concepts of climate change, and relate these to thinkers such as Thomas Hobbes and Rousseau.


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