Critical Speculations - Future Worlds, Perilous Histories, and Walter Benjamin Unbound
University at Albany (SUNY), September 28-29, 2012
The current divestment in the humanities signals that we have entered a time of critical speculation, an end time that ventures not only specialized modes of critical discourse, but challenges the humanist project itself. Theory as such now awaits auction as a relic of the European intellectual tradition. Yet, with the prospect of diminishing returns and sunk costs, it must wager its own capital. We might turn here to Walter Benjamin, already a kind of sacrificial figure, and cast our bets.