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.
After a BA Honours in Philosophy and Education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dr Kkona received her Masters degree and her PhD in History and Semiotics of Text and Image with Highest Distinction from Paris 7-Diderot University. She taught Cultural and Literary Theory at American Hellenic University of Athens for seven years. Her articles and reviews in English and French have been published in international journals and conference proceedings.
The unexpected: toward a politics and aesthetics of discontinuity
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01 Oct 2017 – 30 Sep 2020