Latest Event

October 25, 2016
Aarhus University


”If quantum mechanics does not make you dizzy, you have not understood anything at all,” Niels Bohr once said. When Karen Barad draws on Bohr and quantum physics in a radical rethinking of the foundation for the arts and social sciences in our next Futures Lecture, you too will have the chance to widen your horizon to the point where it might get a bit dizzying.

Professor at University of California:

Karen Barad

Troubling Time/s, Undoing the Future

The indeterminacy of time-being at the core of quantum theory troubles the scalar distinction between the world of subatomic particles and that of social phenomena such as colonialism, capitalism, militarism, racism, nationalism and environmental destruction – all of which are entangled with nuclear and particle physics research. Quantum physics is a material-discursive practice with direct ties to the military-industrial complex, and while it gave birth to the atomic age, quantum physics disrupts classical Newtonian physics (which has its own troubled legacy in the service of war, colonialism, capitalist expansion, and empire building), including its foundational notions of space, time, and matter. In this talk, we will take up quantum physics’ immanent deconstructive dynamics, consider ways in which quantum physics troubles modernist conceptions of time, and ask whether quantum temporalities might offer radical political imaginaries for cohabiting this planet more justly by undoing the future.  

Host and panel

The event will be hosted by Andreas Roepstorff who is head of the Interacting Minds Centre and holds a joint professorship between the Faculty of Arts and The Faculty of Health at Aarhus University 

Panellists are:

Cathrine Hasse who is professor at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University and  has a long expertise in studying innovation and culture in organisations

Lene Kühle who is professor in Sociology of Religion at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University and specialises in religious diversity, contemporary Islam, and sociological methodologies.


About the Series

A rapidly changing world requires new ways of thinking and acting. The Futures Lecture Series features cutting-edge speakers from the arts and social sciences whose cross-disciplinary scholarship and ground-breaking insights help all of us rethink the urgent challenges of the contemporary world.