Periculum’s November Seminars & Reading Groups

Periculum & Institute of Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences would like to cordially invite you to two events organised by David Chandler, Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster and a visiting senior researcher at the Institute of Political Studies.
Date: 15/11/2018 Author: Tomáš Karásek

26 November, Villa Klikata (map), 17:00 – The second reading group engaging The Interface Effect (2012) by Alexander Galloway. The text for the meeting can be accessed at


28 November, Hollar Building room No. 212, Faculty of Social Sciences, 17:00 – a seminar entitled Hope in the Anthropocene

Apart from Prof. Chandler, the invited speakers include Dr. Pol Bargues-Pedreny, Research Fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and Dr. Valerie Waldrow, Research Associate and Lecturer at the Chair of International Relations, Institute of Social Sciences, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg.


Hope in the Anthropocene


Today, it often seems that we are living in catastrophic times with global warming, climate change and species extinction and, even worse, the view that humanity itself is the cause of these problems, in the Anthropocene. If ever there was a dark time for hope, it is today. This seminar discusses whether it is possible to challenge prevailing thinking and to use hope as a resource to engage with our contemporary apocalyptic mood. The three presenters, from the UK, Spain and Germany will discuss what it would mean to develop an analytics of hope and how this could be the basis for political problem-solving and radical political imaginaries. They will also discuss whether hope is even possible, feasible or necessarily desirable today.