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Research @ MLC: The Tragedy Before the Blood Commons

The Tragedy Before the Blood Commons: Tetsuro Araki, the Crisis in the Humanity, and Animated Education

This talk takes the work of anime director Araki Tetsuro—in which, among other catastrophes, gargantuan titans devour students for sport, zombie apocalypses overrun public schools, and promising pupils are transformed into gods of death—as an occasion for discussion of the crisis in the humanities. Araki’s oeuvre is composed of metaphors for what might be called a crisis in the humanity, or the cultural logic that underpins the crisis in the humanities; Araki also animates what might be called the tragedy before the blood commons, or the short-circuiting of any capacity to imagine sharing the commons in a time of crisis. This talk explores possible responses to the twin crises in the humanity and humanities by reading the implications of Araki’s animation of the classroom in times of crisis.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Rush Rhees Library, Humanities Center, Conference Room D
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


General Public, Faculty, Students


research, humanities

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
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(585) 275-4251

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