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Zizek RCA Animated Lecture

In Lectures, Zizek on July 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm

David Harvey RCA Lecture – Animated

In economics, Lectures, Marxism on July 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Zizek and German Idealism Online Reading Group

In Lectures, Philosophy, Zizek on April 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

The people at An und für sich are running a book event from the 10th May on Markus Gabriel and Slavoj Žižek’s Mythology, Madness and Laughter: Subjectivity in German Idealism.

There will be a session every Monday, Wednesday and Friday where the book will be discussed in great detail and then an open thread for comments and discussion. Take a look over here and get involved.

Marx and Philosophy Society Annual Conference

In Conference, Lectures, Marx, Marxism, Philosophy on April 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Marx and Philosophy Society‘s 7th Annual conference has just been announced for June 5th.

Details below

7th Annual Conference of the Marx and Philosophy Society

Abstraction, Universality and Money

Institute of Education, University of London
20 Bedford Way, London
Saturday 5 June 2010, 9.30-6.00

Plenary speakers:

Richard Seaford (Exeter)
Money, Abstraction, and the Genesis of the Psyche

Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)
The Dead Pledge of Society: Methodological Problems and Political Consequences of “Real Abstraction”

Christopher Arthur
Abstraction, Universality and Money

Graduate panels:

Jan Sailer (Freiburg)
Securities: The Purest Form of Abstract Wealth. A Re-evaluation of the Concept of “Fictitious Capital”
Nick Gray (Sussex)
Abstraction, Universality, Money and Capital: The Capital-Theory of Value
Marina Vishmidt (Queen Mary, University of London)
Art in and as Abstract Labour

Brian Fuller (York University, Toronto)
Materialism and Dialectic: Reading Marx after Adorno
Tim Carter (Sussex)
Alienation and Domination in Marx and Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Anthropologies
Chris Allsobrook (Sussex)
Meta-Maieusis: The Ideological Normative Grounds of Immanent Critique

£15 waged, £10 unwaged (provides annual membership of the Society).

To reserve a place in advance please email David Marjoribanks at


Audio from Zizek’s Lecture – Cardiff 3rd March

In Film, Ideology, Lectures, Marx, Podcasts, Zizek on March 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Introduction – Heiko Feldner and Fabio Vighi

Zizek’s Lecture

Questions and Discussion

Zizek Lecture Cardiff – Update

In Lectures, Zizek on March 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Just a little reminder for anyone attending the Zizek lecture on Wednesday that you need to arrive early (18.30) and bring a printed version of your ticket.

We’ve had such a lot of interest and have now got a quite considerable waiting list of people without tickets. So we really need people there and checked-in by 18.30 so we can fill any spaces before the talk starts.

Any problems email

Slavoj Zizek – Cardiff University, 3rd March

In Anti-capitalism, Lectures, Marxism, Zizek on February 23, 2010 at 3:42 am

First as Tragedy, then as Farce: Economic Crisis and Ideology Critique Today

Zizek is coming to The Centre for Ideology Critique and Zizek Studies at Cardiff University next week to give a public lecture on the explicitly ideological dimension of the economic crisis.  For those unfamiliar: in his latest book, First as Tragedy, then as Farce, Zizek argued that The financial meltdown signals that the fantasy of globalization and liberal-capitalist utopia is over. The blatant irrationality of a system that staggers punch-drunk from contradiction to crisis is once again plain for all to see: from the exorbitant amounts of purely speculative money thrown to the interests of capital to the job losses and increasingly expanding gap between rich and poor, Capitalism appears fundamentally corrupt to all.  Yet, nonetheless it remains standing and functioning (albeit for the interests of the few). Whilst we know Capitalism is inherently flawed, it still dictates political interests and individuals across the globe. In this sense, it remains the Real (in both the Lacanian and everyday sense) of our lives. How do we understand this gap? It’s in the Ideology, Stupid!

The Lecture is open to all, although you need to register! 19:00, Wednesday 3rd March 2010,  Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

For further details and registration (which is essential, i’ve been reliably informed) see here

A Round-up: Nu-Bureacracy, Naomi Klein, Greece and University Cuts,

In Anti-capitalism, Lectures, Podcasts on February 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Nu-Bureacracy and Capitalism Podcast

Somebody has been kind enough to post a podcast of Fischer’s lecture at the Nu-beaurcracy and Capitalism event at Goldsmiths. Right here.

Naomi Klein on No Logo 10 Years on

The Guardian ran an extract from the introduction to the tenth anniversary edition of No Logo a few weeks ago. Klein talks about the powerful shifts in branding culture and how models of out-sourcing are increasingly being integrated into government.

Lenin’s Tomb on Greece and the Speculative on the Euro

Describing the hypocritical austerity measure being imposed on Greece, Lenin’s Tomb predicts that yet again it will be workers who will be hardest hit while the interests of Capital will, once again, benefit.

University Budget Cuts

The budget-cuts and ‘economising’ within universities have certainly started to become discernible this week.  And whilst they will undoubtedly be devastating, an opposition is gradually forming:  Leeds lecturers voted to strike against Job losses; A campaign began against the proposed budget cuts in the philosophy department at Kings;  UCL students have started a petition against the proposed redundancies for both teaching and administrative staff in the modern languages department, to name but three. Perhaps what is heartening is the national mainstream media attention this is getting: Just today, Willian Rees-Mogg wrote a very realistic assessment of the cuts in the Times today;  whilst the Guardian ran with a story about the sorry state of University buildings and facilities – a story anyone who has attended university in the last 5 years will certainly attest to.

Slavoj Zizek ‘On the Idea of Communism’

In Communism, Lectures, Zizek on February 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Slavoj Zizek is back in the UK for his annual Birkbeck Lecture on Monday 1st March.  Rather fittingly, he is returning to assess  ‘the idea of Communism’ a year after the conference he organised last year. Rather unfittingly,  like the conference, Birkbeck is charging between £5-£10. Click Here for details and registration.