Upcoming Events

Dublin | Environment

no events match your query!

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds


Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Fintan O’Toole: Falling for the myth that the people are to blame

offsite link Tom Lyons: A journalist unlikely to ask the tough questions Anthony

offsite link Breaking news: Sinn Fein responsible for IBRC farce Anthony

offsite link Atheist Ireland banned while Iona Institute enjoys full access to schools Anthony

offsite link Political lies cause suffering and death. Enda Kenny is a political liar Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Western Sanctions on Russia SITREP by the Serbian Girl Fri Nov 27, 2015 15:53 | Scott
The US ?led war campaign against Russia, includes financial warfare. USA has complete dominance of the global financial network. Sanctions were put in place in order to financially asphyxiate Russia

offsite link Lavrov and Syrian FM Walid al-Moallem hold joint press conference in Moscow (ENGLISH) Fri Nov 27, 2015 15:16 | Scott
Video starts from 48:00 minutes. Streamed live on Nov 27, 2015 Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem hold a joint press conference following their meeting

offsite link Russian Weapon at Work Fri Nov 27, 2015 14:56 | Scott

offsite link Why is the US Hanging Turkey Out to Dry? ?. article by Andrew Korybko Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:37 | Saker-Admin
These three additional links support Andrew’s thesis that the US is turning on Turkey: US says Turkey downed Russian jet while Syrian airspace Retired US airforce general says Turkey broke

offsite link Putin, Hollande speak after Moscow talks LIVE Thu Nov 26, 2015 19:43 | Scott
Putin and Hollande give a joint press conference following their meeting – English Audio Video starts at 0:33 seconds Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande held a

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland

offsite link Open Letter: Recognition of the Travelling Community as an Ethnic Minority in Ireland Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:56 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Labour Party #repealthe8th Proposals: An Analysis Wed Nov 25, 2015 20:11 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Book Launch: International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland, 8 December 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:21 | Liam Thornton

offsite link FLAC: 2016 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:04 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Green Party?s Reproductive Rights Policy: An Appraisal Tue Nov 17, 2015 07:55 | Fiona de Londras

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link The failure of austerity as a political tool? 14:00 Fri Nov 27, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Social housing? 11:27 Fri Nov 27, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Considering some of the immediate responses to 1916 11:18 Fri Nov 27, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Stars of Heaven in Concert 08:55 Fri Nov 27, 2015 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link Irish Times Election Predictions 05:46 Fri Nov 27, 2015 | irishelectionliterature

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin - Event Notice
Monday June 30 2014
08:00 PM

Talk: Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth

category dublin | environment | event notice author Tuesday June 10, 2014 22:54author by wsm Report this post to the editors

Discussion with author James Davis

James Davis is visiting Dublin and will be giving a talk for the WSM on the topic of Catastrophism in Seomra Spraoi (10 Belvedere Court) at 20.00 on Weds June 25th.


We live in catastrophic times. The world is reeling from the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression, with the threat of further meltdowns ever-looming. Global warming and myriad dire ecological disasters worsen—with little if any action to halt them—their effects rippling across the planet in the shape of almost Biblical floods, fires, droughts, and hurricanes. Governments warn that there is no alternative to the bitter medicine they prescribe—or risk devastating financial or social collapse. The right, whether religious or secular, views the present as catastrophic and wants to turn the clock back. The left fears for the worst, but hopes some good will emerge from the rubble. Visions of the apocalypse and predictions of impending doom abound. Across the political spectrum, a culture of fear reigns.

Catastrophism explores the politics of apocalypse—on the left and right, in the environmental movement—and examines why the lens of catastrophe can distort our understanding of the dynamics at the heart of these numerous disasters—and fatally impede our ability to transform the world. Lilley, McNally, Yuen, and Davis probe the reasons why catastrophic thinking is so prevalent, and challenge the belief that it is only out of the ashes that a better society may be born. The authors argue that those who care about social justice and the environment should jettison doomsaying—even as it relates to indisputably apocalyptic climate change. Far from calling people to arms, they suggest, catastrophic fear often results in passivity and paralysis—and, at worst, reactionary politics.

James is an Irish a writer and film maker living in the Berkeley, CA. He is a Retort Collective participant and co-author of Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic politics of Collapse and Rebirth. He is also the director of 'Meeting Room', the documentary about the Concerned Parents Against Drugs movement.

One review ( http://scurvytunes.blogspot.de/2012/11/lilley-et-al-on-....html ) of Catastrophism describes how it "offers a superb and needed critical overview of current tendencies toward an aestheticizing politics of doom. Evolving out of discussions catalyzed by Iain Boal and the Retort collective, these essays by Lilley, McNally, Yuen and Davis survey and analyze the traps and delusions involved when catastrophe scenarios are deployed as a mobilizing political figure. Clearly, we need to understand these pitfalls, for as Yuen observes, our moment ‘is saturated with instrumental, spurious, and sometimes maniacal versions of catastrophism – including right-wing racial paranoia, religious millenarianism, liberal panics over fascism, leftist fetishization of capitalist collapse, capitalist invocation of the “shock doctrine,” and pop culture cliché’.

Davis scrutinizes the political right, finding a broad willingness to view the gains and remnants of leftist social movements of the past as unmitigated disaster; this ‘disease catastrophism’ is linked to a potentially violent ‘cure catastrophism’ that welcomes apocalypse as the remedy. expressions of a history of rebellion and resistance from below."

If you are on Facebook please RSVP to the event notice at https://www.facebook.com/events/1451833975058487/

Related Link: http://www.wsm.ie/c/catastrophism-apocalyptic-politics-...davis
© 2001-2015 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy