Undoing the Future—Troubling Time/s, and Ecologies of Nothingness: Re-turning, Re-membering, and Facing the Incalculable
In the annual Roslyn Silver '27 Science Lecture, Karen Barad investigates how the keys to quantum theory, namely the indeterminacy of time-being, can be used to unlock our understanding of social phenomena, such as colonialism, capitalism, militarism, racism, nationalism, and environmental destruction. How are such scourges of society entangled with nuclear and particle physics research? Barad takes up quantum physics’ immanent deconstructive dynamics, considers ways in which quantum physics troubles modernist conceptions of time, and asks whether quantum temporalities might offer radical new ways for cohabiting our planet more justly. Karen Barad is professor of feminist studies, philosophy, and history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz.