Farewell to Postmodernism?

This session will discuss Byung-Chul Han’s book Hyperculture: Culture and Globalisation. Han is one of the most prominent South Korean-born philosophers and cultural theorists. In his works, Han explores the late capitalist culture in its various facets, including concepts such as freedom, the internet, mental health, popular culture, religion, sexuality, social media, subjectivity, technology, and transparency. Han proves to be a keen and thought-provoking observer of the present age. Presenting novel and provocative readings of the works of authors from the past and present, he challenges the widespread assumption that globalisation is a negative phenomenon, depicting the opportunities it offers instead. His most original contribution is the description of the hypercultural structure of the contemporary world. 

Han offers compelling answers to the most pressing questions that the philosophy of culture poses today, including the task of developing and defining a model that is capable of describing present-day cultural dynamics. While many scholars perceive an era characterised by decay and bewilderment, Han recognises the transition to a better world. Certainly, this is one of those books capable of changing one’s view of the world and promoting reflection on the most crucial and timely issues facing contemporary (globalised) culture.

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Fabio Tononi is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the Humanities (CHAM) in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (FCHS), NOVA University of Lisbon. He is the editor-in chief of The Edgar Wind Journal and a steering committee member of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, which is part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. His research interests include the essence and tasks of philosophy and science, the writings of Aby Warburg and Edgar Wind, the aesthetics of Sigmund Freud, the relationship between art and cognitive neuroscience (specifically as they relate to memory, imagination, empathy, the unfinished, motion, and emotion), the
interconnection between art and ideology, and postmodernism. For more information about Fabio Tononi’s work – please, click here.

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