Interested in pop-culture, film and TV, criticism, the end of the world, theories of secularisation and/or the work of the philosopher Charles Taylor? Then this is the masterclass for you!
SPEAKER: ALISSA WILKINSON (2017 ADM VISITING FELLOW)
DATE/TIME: TUESDAY 10 OCTOBER, 2 – 4:30PM
PLACE: ANGLICAN DEACONESS MINISTRIES, LEVEL 1, ST ANDREW'S HOUSE, 464-480 KENT ST, SYDNEY
2017 ADM Visiting Fellow Alissa Wilkinson will teach a masterclass based on her recent book with Rob Joustra, How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, and Politics at the End of the World (published by Eerdmans in May 2016). In their book, Alissa and Rob explore the history of apocalyptic literature and place pop culture - from Battlestar Galactica and Game of Thrones, to Mad Men and Her - into that framework. In doing so, they give a crash course in Charles Taylor's ideas in his books A Secular Age and The Ethics of Authenticity, and explore the implications for today.
In this masterclass, you will learn two major things:
· Get a sense of how today's popular culture fascination with the apocalypse fits into the larger history of apocalyptic stories
· Gain a better understanding of Charles Taylor's framework for understanding our age and what it says to Christians about living faithfully today
Participants in the masterclass will be provided with readings circulated prior to the class, including chapters from Alissa’s book and selected readings from Charles Taylor.
Alissa Wilkinson, 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow
Alissa Wilkinson is the 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow. She is a staff writer and critic at Vox, where she covers film, culture and, sometimes, religion, and Associate Professor of English and Humanities at The King's College in New York City, where she teaches courses on criticism and cultural theory. Until September 2016, Alissa was the critic at large at Christianity Today and regularly contributed to a number of publications, including Rolling Stone, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Books & Culture. Her book, How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, and Politics at the End of the World, co-written with Robert Joustra, was published by Eerdmans in May 2016.