"The End of History and the Liminality of the Human Condition: From Kojève to Agamben"

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Antonis Liakos

(University of Athens)

"The End of History and the Liminality of the Human Condition: From Kojève to Agamben"

 

Paper presented to the conference:

"Crafting Humans:From Genesis to Eugenics and Beyond"

8-10 September 2011, Queens College, Oxford

 

Second Annual Conference of the Berendel Foundation, in association with the Centre for health Medicine and Society and History of Race and Eugenics Research Group at Oxford Brookes University, the University of Oxford, and the Wellcome Trust

 

Abstract: Histories for the End of History touch a double threshold: the concept of human species and the concept of history.   ‘Endology’ overlaps with the literature on cyborgs and transhumanism, techno-utopia and genetic revolution, environmental apocalypses, post-apocalyptic fictions and posthuman dystopias. Does this new eschatology have any impact of historical studies, challenging the anthropomorphic way we think about history?

 

Short Bio: Antonis Liakos is professor of contemporary history and history of historiography at the University of Athens, chair of the Board   of the International Commission for History and Τheory of Historiography (2010-2015) and managing editor of Historein. He is the author of L’Unificazione italiana e la Grande Idea (1859-1871)(1995) and Pos stochastikan to ethnos autoi pou ithelan na allaxoun ton kosmo [The Nation. How has been imagined by those who wanted to change the world?] (2006) [also published in Turkish: Dünyayi Değiştirmek İsteyenler, Ulusu Nasıl Tasavvur Ettiler? (2008)].

 

 

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