Free - Coming of Age at the End of History – lecture by Lea Ypi

  • Date: –19:00
  • Location: Humanistiska teatern
  • Lecturer: Lea Ypi, Author and Professor of Political Theory, London School of Economics
  • Organiser: Jenny Andersson, Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria, Sofia Näsström, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen och Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS).
  • Contact person: Jenny Andersson, Professor, Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria
  • Föreläsning

Lea Ypi, Professor of Political Theory, London School of Economics, will talk about her much attentioned book Free - Coming of Age at the End of History. A story about growing up in the transition between communism and capitalism. This is the first lecture in The Uppsala Lectures in Making Sense of Our Time - a cross-disciplinary lecture series in Humanistiska teatern.

Under 2022-23 the lecture series takes on our bewildering times by engaging with a cross-disciplinary selection of brilliant contemporary scholarly thinking within humanities and social sciences.

The aim of the cross-disciplinary lecture series of open lectures is to provide a recurrent place  for faculty and graduate students to listen to and engage with top level international academics from across the humanities and social sciences as they address our perplexing times and how they can be understood – philosophically, historically, and politically. An adjunct aim is to provide an additional opportunity for junior scholars and PhD students to engage with the incoming guests.

Ghosts from the past haunt our way of thinking society, culture, and politics. Optimism of the future has rapidly turned not only to skepticism, but to deep concern about the validity of the very foundations of modern political life: democracy, enlightened rationality, sovereign nations and autonomous subjects. The world order founded after 1989 was not the end of history but carried within it a myriad of both bright and dark futures. Structures of economy and society thought solid have turned out to be volatile and dynamic. Behind unprecedented growth rates and living standards lay, as historian Helen Thompson has recently put it, disorder on national and global scales.

Lecture professor Lea Ypi was a guest in the program Babel (SVT) (link to the program).

The lecture series is organized by Jenny Andersson, Professor, Department of the History of Science and Ideas and Sofia Näsström, Professor, Department of Government in collaboration with the Center for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS).

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We invite you to a mingle after the event.