Our Only Hope is the Making of Humanity: An Interview with Erik Swyngedouw

Erik Swyngedouw, Francesca Kilpatrick

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Erik Swyngedouw is a theorist of the political, and much of his recent work has explored the politicality of so-called ‘political’ movements such as BLM, Occupy! and the environmental movement. We discuss hysterical protest and touch on Esposito’s Immunopolitics, Lacan’s discourse of the University and what this means for the role of the political academic, and finally the use of apocalypse imaginaries in shaping or foreclosing the future. Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at Manchester University. He was previously Professor of Geography at Oxford University (until 2006), is a Senior Research Fellow at the Levenhulme Trust, and held the Vincent Wright Visiting Professorship in Political Science at Science Po, Paris 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-136
Number of pages10
JournalInterfere: Journal for Critical Thought and Radical Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2021


  • Democracy
  • Political Theory
  • Lacan
  • political activism
  • apocalypse


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