At the End of the World: A Transdisciplinary Approach to the Apocalyptic Imaginary in the Past and Present


New Article by Mårten Björk: "Intelligensen bortom artefakterna"

"När den amerikanske datavetaren John McCarthy myntade begreppet artificiell intelligens 1956 definierade han intelligens såsom djurs och maskiners förmåga att nå ett mål i världen. Intelligens reducerades därmed till ett arbete. Han bröt omedvetet med en klassisk filosofisk tanke om människan som ett kontemplativt, snarare än arbetande, väsen, och förkunnade i stället en förståelse av intelligens som passar en värld där arbete och teknik anses vara mer förnuftigt än metafysik och teologi": Intelligensen bortom artefakterna – Signum nr 4/2024, s. 9–15.

Fifth Episode of the End of Law-podcast is Out Now!

Check out the lastet epiosode from the End of Law; a podcast affiliated with At the End of the World, hosted by programresearcher Tormod Johansen and produced by coordinator Joel Kuhlin.

In this fifth episode of the End of Law podcast Julia Dahlqvist from Stockholm University and Tormod Johansen had a conversation with Cosmin Cercel, professor at Ghent University, about his newly started ERC project, Rethinking Emergency from a Legal Historical Perspective: Contexts, Law, Actors (EMERGE).

The discussion covered a wide range of issues, including the history of emergency and exception, the role of constitutions, authoritarian liberalism, situations of war, democracy, the concept of law and its limits, and not least continuities and discontinuities in the history.


New Article by Torbjörn Gustafsson Chorell - "Two concepts of Apocalypse & Apocalyptic History Today"

"An apocalyptic imaginary appears so frequently in debates on climate change and the Anthropocene that it might be considered the dominant historical narrative of our time. However, when dealing with apocalypticism, biblical references are not always appropriate. . ."

"Postdoc in Modern History with a Specialization in Culture and Preparedness" (Linköping University)

"You will be part of an environment with several recently initiated research projects on themes related to cultural perspectives on preparedness, war, and security, as well as media and everyday perceptions of threats and security. The environment includes modern history research that is part of a large multidisciplinary research program on apocalyptic imaginaries, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. In addition, there is a project on warning sounds and citizen information which uses historical, media studies, and ethnographic approaches, funded by Vetenskapsrådet. We would like to see that the research you conduct is in an exciting way related to or expands on one of these themes and that you strengthen and enrich the environment and existing research with your own line of research."


Interview with Patrik Fridlund

Interview with programresearcher Patrik Fridlund about conspiracy-theories, with Swedish Tidningen Syre

"Somliga ser konspirationer överallt, men det är också problematiskt att överallt se konspirationsteorier. Enligt religionsforskaren Patrik Fridlund, som leder ett forskningsprojekt som undersöker konspirationsteorier och post-sanning, kan anklagelser om konspirationsteorier slå över och användas för att avfärda legitim kritik eller sunda spekulationer."


Image Credits

John Martin. The Great Day of His Wrath. Painting (oil on canvas), c. 1851.

Dasha Urvachova. Kid's shoe at kindergarden in Chernobyl. Photograph, 2020.

Unknown artist. The Celestial Jerusalem, detail. Tapestry from Château d'Angers, 14th century.