For 2nd or 3rd year honours students only.
After this module, students are able to:
The Apocalypse is on our mind. In a year like 2020, in which Covid-19 hit and we were faced with empty supermarket shelves, when the melting of the Greenland Icesheet reached a tipping point and its disappearance cannot be avoided, when the impacts of climate change are gaining in force, causing fires, storms and heatwaves, it is hard not to think about the end of the world (as we know it). But what is that apocalyptic feeling that haunts us?
In popular imagination the end of the world usually comes with a bang. A meteorite comes crashing, a solar flare wipes out all technology, the robots take over, zombies eat us all. But what if things end with less of a bang, like the sixth mass extinction that is currently going on? Does our apocalyptic imagination help us to see things more clearly – its literal meaning being “revelation” – or does our thinking the end as an all-or-nothing event cloud our vision and judgement? We tend to indulge in “pessimism porn” or “collapse porn” and in doing so keeping doom at a safe distance. If anything, our thinking about the end of things, of times, of the world is a way of dealing with mortality and ephemerality, which we tend to avoid.
In this course we will distinguishes the biblical notion of apocalypse from secular notions such as collapse, catastrophe and extinction, both asking what they share and where they divert. We will take a multidisciplinary approach and among others explore the political implications of apocalyptic thought (such as fear-mongering) and its psychological implications (such as dealing with anxiety, fear and apathy), also relating it to similar states of mind such as pessimism and melancholy. We will also ask what apocalyptic thought tells us about our times and our culture, and explore how it is related to dreams of progress and to utopian and dystopian thought. Where we will end up? The apocalypse keeps us guessing, that’s for sure.
A list of both mandatory and suggested study material will be made available at the start of the course in the course manual.
No prior knowledge is required. The course is taught in English and the assignments are in English.
Check Datanose for the exact information.
Registration is possible for students participating in an Honours programme via an online registration form which will be made available on December 1, 10 am till December 5, 11 pm on this website.
Placement will be at random and within two weeks students will hear whether they are placed for a course.
There is NO guarantee for placement if you register after December 5, so make sure you register on time!
For questions about registration please email to: Honoursfirstname.lastname@example.org
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