Losing Hope. Finding Europe. – Utopian Negation Reconsidered.

Short thesis

@NeinQuarterly, the "Compendium of Utopian Negation" that I began on Twitter a few years ago, began as a joke. And, I hope, has remained one. Yet my experience producing this odd little daily feed of playfully nihilistic jokes and aphorisms has also taught me a great deal that I've often found myself struggling to think through.


In this presentation I will revisit the idea of "utopian negation," take it seriously for a moment, and ask how this guiding ethos has – for better or worse – helped to create a space in which outsiders have sought to find Europe and Europe has perhaps sought to find itself.