Walid Sadek will share his thoughts on the role of victim in our understanding of history.
Signs abound: the contemporary historical stage exhibits a surfeit of victims. The material of history is obfuscated by a dominant monologue of victimhood beholden to the promise of a future liberated from all that is unfinished in the past. How are we to think historically again? How do we give form to an aesthetico-political subjectivity unreconciled with the end of history? And how is the desire for a dialogue between an unreconciled victim and an unreconciled perpetrator made to begin? Notes towards a theory of the neo-victim gathers telling texts and films from Lebanon to think and theorize these pressing questions.