Mittwoch, 29. Mai 2019, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

Wednesday Seminar

Streetcars Named Frohe Zukunft: Through Streets of Climate Change and Political-Economy

Stephen Reyna

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, HS-C
Universitätsstraße 7, NIG, 4. Stock, 1010 Wien


This essay is an exercise in global anthropology in order to have some idea of what the Frohe Zukunft (Happy Future) might be. Specifically, it analyzes two trends –tracks if you will- along which the world is currently travelling. One track is that of climate change. The other track is militarization of competing imperial social forms. It is argued that the telos of these tracks is set by intensifying and coalescing contradictions, that produce reproductive vulnerabilities, which in turn produce public délires -fixless fixes, which it speculates accelerate the trip to Frohe Zukunft. It further, finally, claims that the phrase Frohe Zukunft should only be used in irony. For Dante fans Dante makes an appearance.

Keywords: contradiction, reproductive vulnerabilities and fixes, climate change, militarization

Stephen Reyna is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK and Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Furthermore, he is the co-founder and co-head of the ‚Centre de la Recherche en Anthropologie et Sciences Humaines‘, Chad. His research interests focus - among other things - on contemporary social and cultural theory, power and conflict/war and violence: global historical perspectives and critical humanitarian Perspectives. He is the author of ‚Starry Nights: Critical Structural Realism in Anthropology‘ (2017) and ‚Deadly Contradictions: the New American Empire and Global Warring‘ (2016).

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