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Dr James Gilchrist Stewart
Adelaide University / Flinders University

This paper argues that we are in the midst of a neoliberal apocalypse; issues of uneasiness and questions on the role of law directly relate to this current status. Focusing on the root of apocalypse as revelation, this paper argues that a shift to homo oeconimus was first revealed in the 1980s and continues to spread. This paper follows Jacques Derrida’s interrogation of definitive ends through a triptych of media: They Live (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990), and The Walking Dead -TV series (2010), arguing the affect and adaptability of revelations.

This paper frames its argument with reference to Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative (itself drawing from Frederic Jameson and Slavoj Žižek) which begins with the chapter title: “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism”. This framework leads to the question of what the concept of “end times” relates to and whether this end can bring about a restoration of justice?

James is a sessional lecturer and course coordinator at the Universities of Adelaide and Flinders in South Australia. James was awarded his PhD in 2019, titled: Demystifying Critical Legal Studies. He has published on CLS in Law and Literature, on property law theory and neoliberalism with Peter Burdon, and is currently developing a manuscript based on the findings of his PhD. Broadly, James’ research interests lie at the intersection of law, critique, and the humanities.

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