SAM Seminar: Provocations on Hope

When:23 Oct 2018, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue:G17, Robert Webster Building
Who:SAM Scholars, Students and Friends

provocations on hope

Provocations on Hope

From the disruptive effects of new technologies and the already arriving catastrophe of climate change to the rise of grievance politics and the erosion of civil institutions, reasons for hope are thin on the ground. In the humanities, our reflexive position is often one of critique. Yet as a slew of scholars from Bruno Latour to Rita Felski to Fred Moten have argued, critique – however vital – is only one response to the world. In the spirit of seeking alternative orientations, moods and attachments to the challenges of the contemporary moment, the final SAM Seminar of 2018 will feature a collection of short provocations on hope in all its forms. These provocations—creative, performative, analytical and philosophic—are gestures intended to open up spaces for discussion and debate.

Hope’s provocateurs are Collin Chua, Sonya Lifschitz, Jane Mills, Alyssa Rothwell, Brigid Costello and Nick Richardson.

Please join us afterward for drinks, snacks and hopeful conversation.

SAM Seminar Series

This series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work. No need to book, all welcome.


Find out more and see the full program.
Enquiries contact: SAM Seminar Convenor, Michael Richardson –

Finding us
Robert Webster Building is located mid-way off the UNSW main walkway. Map Reference G14. Cinema 327 is located on the third floor.

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