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Thursday, December 5 • 9:00am - 10:00am
KEYNOTE: Professor Peter Flemming

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The Worst is Yet to Come: On the Poverty of Optimism in Critical Theory

In order to counter these ‘dark times’, critical theory has recently turned to radical optimism, hoping to overcome the cultural nihilism that has followed in the wake of neoliberalism’s catabolic decline. This presentation will analyse the intrinsic limitations of critical optimism in critical sociology, and make a case for ‘revolutionary pessimism’ instead.

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Professor Peter Fleming

University of Technology Sydney
Peter Fleming is Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and has held positions at the University of London and University of Cambridge. His most recent books are The Worst is Yet to Come: A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide (2019, Repeater), Sugar Daddy Capitalism: The Dark... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NZDT
201N-346 - HSB1