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Future Perfect – Subjectivity in Times of Uncertainty: Public Lecture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 10th, 2010

Presented by Prof Renata Salecl,  London School of Economics & Birkbeck College School of Law:

We live in times of uncertainty, where the feelings of anxiety are on the rise. However, we seem to be encouraged by contemporary science to think about lives as being open to endless improvement. The ideology of choice which dominates post-industrial capitalism has created a new mythology of science which has radically affected the way we perceive subjectivity. However the idea that our lives as being capable of ever new improvements, that we can prevent risks to happen and that we can predict when things might go wrong has paradoxically resulted in an increase of feelings of guilt and inadequacy. This lecture will look at how the idea of the perfect future has affected the way we look at reproduction, raising of children, delinquency, aging and death.

Thursday 12th August 2010, 6-7pm
Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building
The University of Melbourne

School of Social & Political Sciences

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