An earthquake-damaged building is demolished by controlled explosions, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2012. Credit: Martin Hunter/Getty Images.

May 28, 2020

Harrison Stetler:

Collapsologie: What is it good for?
Zoom video conference
Watch the talk below

In recent years, an eclectic group of thinkers, scientists and artists—known, collectively, as the “collapsologues”—have risen to the forefront of the French debate on the environmental crisis. Prophets of collapse, peddlers of an inverted philosophy of historical progress, the collapsologues can in part be dismissed as yet another resurgance of modern eschatological thinking. But they reflect an exhaustion of inherited ideas that forces us to question our assumptions on the necessary trajectory of historical and social development. What is really driving the dissemination of the collapsologue imaginary? What does their broad appeal suggest about the mutations of our societies in a world of economic, environmental, and public health shocks?

Harrison Stetler is a freelance journalist based in Paris. He graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a B.A. in History. He now studies political theory at the EHESS.

Organized in partnership with:


FEBRUARY 28, 2024
Translation Across Borders
Aliyeh Ataei and Salar Abdoh in conversation
FEBRUARY 29, 2024
Courtroom Persuasion à la grecque
Jesse James
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Rendez-Vous de l'Institut
MARCH 7, 2024
Kaleidoscopic Translation in the Medieval West
Hannah Weaver
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Rendez-Vous de l'Institut
We use cookies to enhance your experience of visiting this website. Find out more.