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Cultural Critic and Philosopher to Speak

Internationally renowned philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek will offer a talk, titled “2011: The Year of Dreaming Dangerously,” at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in the Geneva Room.

During his talk, Zizek will focus on the cultural landscape of 2011 as a whole, touching on several topics, including the mobilization of protests worldwide, such as in the cases of the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, and the explosion of racist populists in Europe. Zizek aims to explore whether or not there is a common root to each of these events.

Referred to as “the Elvis of cultural theory” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Zizek is a senior researcher at the University of Ljubljana’s Institute of Sociology in Slovenia and also serves as a professor of philosophy and psychoanalysis at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee in Switzerland, where he conducts an intensive summer seminar. He has previously served as a visiting professor at Columbia, Princeton, New York University and the University of Michigan. Many of his courses focus on philosophy and psychoanalysis, though his work as a whole has become increasingly political over the past 10 years.

He is the author of more than 30 books, including “Living in the End Times,” “First as Tragedy,” and “In Defense of Lost Causes.” He is the subject of the documentary, “Zizek,” and his critically-accalimed documentary, “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema,” was the subject of a film retrospective in 2007 at the Museum of Modern Art.

The founder and president of the Society for Theoretical Psychoanalyis in Ljubljana, Zizek received his Ph.D. in philosophy for the study of psychoanalysis from the University of Ljubljana. He also studied at the University of Paris.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Provost’s Office, and the program in Critical Cultural Studies. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.