We kindly invite you to the lecture on "A dystopian lens on the Anthropocene: The Road by Cormac McCarthy" which will be given by our guest Dr. Brînduşa Nicolaescu from the University of Bucharest, Romania. The lecture will be held on the 10th of May in Aula A, in the building of the Institute of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and is open to the audience.
Dystopias are often perceived as mere eschatological scenarios stemming from the basic human propensity for doom-peddling. In addition to the interrelation between utopian and dystopian visions, political perspectives and ecocritical analyses also point out the relevant extrapolation of the current threats of our contemporary world: the climate change possibly leading to an environmental apocalypse and the menace of a nuclear war recently dangling in the news on the blatantly brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine. In contemporary dystopian scenarios, there is a focus on the dissolution of the urban space, especially in post-apocalyptic projections, where decay and destruction are taken for granted as the premises of a shattered universe. The Road by Cormac McCarthy presents a hopeless eschatological vision where human civilization seems to have been erased on earth and only violence maintains visibility through iconic remnants within the ruins of a lost world.