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The Beginning is Near

March 28 @ 7:00 pm 10:00 pm

Feel like everything is collapsing and decaying?
What would it feel like to consider everything is about to begin and flourish?

Join Croatian philosopher and organiser Srećko Horvat, writer/podcaster Conner Habib, and award-winning writers Una Mullally, and Mark O’Connell, for a unique opportunity to dissect and create new pathways amidst both global turmoil and solidarity-building.

War, and the nihilism of over-consumption, are in a fever-pitch struggle with visions of peace, contentment, and connection. In THE BEGINNING IS NEAR, our four speakers will explore the polar opposites of disaster and renewal, inviting the audience into the discussion to create a broader vision for Dublin, Ireland, and the world at large.

THE BEGINNING IS NEAR marks Srećko Horvat’s first speaking engagement in Ireland. His knowledge in philosophyschool-building, and political organizing, conjures a spirit of resonance, which reveals what feels like ‘the end’, across so many fronts, can also mark a real beginning.

TICKETS are available on a sliding scale: pay what you can at €15, €25, or €35.
Space is limited, buy your tickets early!
Complimentary beverages provided.

A livestream ticket is also available to watch the event remotely for a flat fee of €15 (about $16.50 USD), and comes with limited-time access to a recording of the event. When you buy a livestream ticket, you will receive the link 12-24 hours ahead of the event via the email you supply at point of purchase.

All ticket holders will receive access to a recording of the event for a limited time.

About the speakers

Srećko Horvat is a philosopher, writer, and political activist, recognised as one of the foremost thinkers of his generation. He has published more than a dozen books, including What Does Europe Want? with Slavoj Žižek, The Radicality of Love, After the Apocalypse, and Everything Must Change!: The World After Covid-19. He founded the Subversive Festival in Zagreb, Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) with Yanis Varoufakis, Progressive International (which includes Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Morello as Council members) and co-founded the Island School of Social Autonomy with Pamela Anderson, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, and Gael Gacía Bernal, amongst others.

Mark O’Connell is a writer and journalist, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Review of Books. He is the author of A Thread of Violence, Notes from an Apocalypse, and To Be A Machine. His books have been awarded the Wellcome Book Prize, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and the Irish Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

Conner Habib is a novelist, teacher, and host of the countercultural philosophy, spirituality and ideas podcast Against Everyone with Conner Habib. His debut novel, Hawk Mountain, was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He gives lectures internationally on James Joyce, occultism, sex work, and art.

Una Mullally is writer and journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Stinging Fly, and The Guardian. She writes weekly columns on Irish society, culture and politics, and on emerging and experimental art in Ireland for The Irish Times. She is the author of In the Name of Love, an oral history on the marriage equality movement in Ireland, and editor of the Repeal the 8th anthology.

The Dean Art Studios

4 Chatham Row
Dublin 2, Dublin D02PA06 Ireland
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