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Introduction to Contemporary Thought


Under the condition that the present time is irremediably open and ongoing, the hypothesis of a critical departure from the present conditions is stimulated, in the sense of untimely thinking, which, at the limit and paradoxically, means placing problems as subjects that do not exactly coincide with the time in which they live. In this sense, in addition to addressing unavoidable phenomena of today (from technics to nature, from capitalism to ecology, from arts to popular culture), speculative exercises are promoted that envisage history in its successions and ruptures, but also in its circularities and timelessness.


Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 4

Year | Type of course unit | Language

2 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

Not applicable.

Professional Internship



1. Topologies of mythological and metaphysical thinking: cyclical nature, magic and religion


2. Techno-scientific modernity as a rupture: rationalism, cumulative progress, utopia, nature as a matrixable object, the Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment


3. The crisis of Modernity and positivist optimism: the contradictions of progress and the limits of science


4. Marxism as a thought of the epochal transition: genealogy of postmodernity


5. The artistic avant-gardes and the crisis of the mimetic representation of the real


6. The first exterior photographs of the Earth: Universalism and counter-culture


7. An alternative history of globalization: from the nuclear cloud to the data cloud


8. Post-production culture: the circulation of images, appropriation and the digital archive as a total museum


9. Connection technologies and the cosmopolitan idea: between the global community and the ecological crisis


10. From the post-human to the imaginary of extinction: drift on the fossils of the future


Identify and delimit the reflection field of the contemporary, having as references the domain of History and Theory of Culture. 

Understand the recent evolution of technical media, in dialogue with the main artistic movements, as a set of ruptures or updates of major cultural trends. 

Contextualize theoretically and historically the great debates of the present time (from the ecological crisis to global capitalism). 

Develop a critical position and reflect creatively (through the production of a video essay or a booklet) on the syllabus themes. 

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The classes are theoretical and practical, with the presentation of the syllabus made orally by the teacher, based on the selected bibliography and using the projection of complementary audiovisual elements. The debate with students is encouraged.

Continuous with Final Test

Evaluation elements:
- conception of a video essay or a booklet based on one or more issues of the syllabus (45%)

- final frequency (55%)
The student must attend at least 75% of classes.


AA. VV. (2018) Posthuman Glossary, Ed. R. Braidotti; M. Hlavajova. Londres: Bloomsbury.


Agamben, G. (2006). "O que é o contemporâneo". In Nudez. Lisboa, Relógio d'Água, 2010.  


Bogalheiro, M. (2020) ¿Nostalgia, o cancelamento do futuro e o arquivo paradoxal.¿ In Revista de Comunicação e Linguagens ¿ Counter-Image, nº 52. Lisboa: ICNOVA


Bourriaud, N. (2004) Pós-Produção: Como a Arte Reprograma o Mundo Contemporâneo. Martins-Fontes, 2009 


Descola, P. (2015) Par-del`a nature et culture. Paris: Folio.


Freud, S. (1919) O Inquietante. In Obras Completas, Vol. 14. Companhia das Letras. 


Fuller, B. (1969) Operating Manuel for spaceship Earth. lars Muller Publishers, 2008


Marx, Karl. (1867) Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. I. London: Penguin Books, 1990


Sloterdijk, P. (2018) What Happened in the Twentieth Century? Towards a Critique of Extremist Reason. Cambridge: Polity Press 

Office Hours

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Manuel Bogalheiro

Sextas-feiras, 14h00 - 16h00

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