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Dean to Lecture at McGill

This February, Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean is the Media@McGill Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar at McGill University in Montreal. On Thursday, Feb. 11, she will give a public lecture titled “Whatever Blogging.”

“Giorgio Agamben has introduced the idea of whatever being as a tag for a contemporary mode of belonging unbound by the inscriptions of disciplinary identity,” Dean says. “Some agree that this mode could herald a better coming community. Linking whatever being to appearances of whatever in networked communications and positioning it within a brief history of the interconnections between media and identity, I argue that whatever being is the wrong model for a subject capable of left political practice and opposition.”

A hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture, Media@McGill is based in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies (AHCS) at McGill University and supported by a range of sources, most notably a generous gift from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.

Dean’s talk is a collaboration between Media@McGill and the AHCS speaker series. Speaker series organizers say they invited Dean to speak because of her influential work in the theories and politics of digital media.

In addition to her duties at HWS, Dean is Erasmus Professor of the Humanities in the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  She is the co-editor of the international journal, Theory and Event.  Dean is a political theorist who is engaged with contemporary radical political thought and questions surrounding politics and emerging media technologies. She has written extensively on Slavoj Žižek (including her book, “Žižek’s Politics”) and has also published critical articles on Judith Butler, Hardt and Negri, Jacques Ranciere, Michel Foucault, Jurgen Habermas, Iris Marion Young and Giorgio Agamben, among others. Her most recent book is “Democracy and Other Neo-liberal Fantasies” from Duke University Press, 2009.