This project is based on the premise that liberal political programs are politics of hope: people strive in the present for a better world that they probably will not see, but that will be inherited by future generations. This postponement of any fulfillment enhances alienation and entraps the subjects into serving an invisible cause that may never inscribe itself in time. As an alternative, I aim to theorize a politics that would no longer be a future-oriented promise, but a present-oriented action embracing unpredictable events. Subscribing to the tradition of feminist, queer and antiracist studies, it approaches social exclusion from the perspective of temporal consciousness and posits the unexpected as the locus from which the present is organized as space-time of openness to the other. The unexpected refers to what lies behind the future as a fantasy construction and, as such, it is situated outside the usual representation of time as flow. Thus, it escapes the linearity of narrative only to appear in the fissures of artworks, as the analysis of specific literary and cinematic works aims to demonstrate.
The unexpected: toward a politics and aesthetics of discontinuity
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1 Oct 2017 – 30 Sep 2020
AIAS-COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow
This fellowship has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 609033 and The Aarhus University Research Foundation.