JVE(A): Justifiable Versions of the End (Apocalypse)

Oxana Timofeeva

The talk presents an analysis of such themes as the end of the world, the end of history, and apocalypse. In opposition to a futurist imaginary of various forthcoming disasters, it proposes an original idea of catastrophic time, which breaks the screen of the time of historical reality and relate our experience to the past, and develops a political interpretation of post-apocalyptic situation. Catastrophe is a central term of this analysis, as what defines the borders of a collective and the true sense of what we call history. As opposed to what is usually said, the time of catastrophe is not the future, but the present, which we can only grasp as the past: the time itself is catastrophic.