The ‘World After’: On the Pandemic and the Anthropocene

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This paper questions the link between the present pandemic and the ecological crisis. To do so, it tackles what has been an important issue in the recent discussion in Europe: what will the world look like ‘after’ the Covid-19 crisis? It argues that the crisis of the Anthropocene, linked to climate change, is indeed what will define our future. Yet it shows that the temporal frame in which this new world has to be imagined will defy our current understanding of politics. In this sense, the very idea that there is an unproblematic ‘after’ to the current epidemic crisis is anything but obvious.

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