John Snow Lecture Theatre
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
London WC1E 7HT
Re-Reading the Revolution: Jean-Claude Milner in Conversation with Slavoj Žižek
The School of Law and the Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities are very pleased to announce this historic event, featuring two of Europe’s foremost intellectuals in conversation with each other on their recent work. While Slavoj Žižek is a regular presence at Birkbeck, this will be Jean-Claude Milner’s only second visit here and the first time that the two philosophers will address each other’s work in front of a public audience.
Jean-Claude Milner is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Paris VII and former student of Louis Althusser, Jacques Lacan, and Roland Barthes at École normale supérieure. In 1966 he was one of the founding editors , together with Jacques-Alain Miller and Francois Regnault of the influential Cahiers pour l’analyse. As a student at Massachussets Institute of Technology he worked alongside Noam Chomsky and Roman Jacobson and was responsible for the French translation of Chomsky’s Aspects of Theory of the Syntax. He is a prolific thinker and writer, whose work spans several decades and several disciplines including Continental and Anglo-American philosophy, psychoanalysis and linguistics. His monographs include For the Love of Language (1978), Indistinct Names (1983), Introduction to a Science of Language (1989), Lacan, Science and Philosophy (1995), Mallarme at the Tomb (1999), Roland Barthes (2002), Les Penchants Criminels de l’Europe Démocratique(2003), Le Juif de Savoir (2006), Arrogance of the Present, Decade of 1965-1975 (2009) and Rereading the Revolution (2016)
Slavoj Žižek is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University and international director of the Birkbeck Institute of Humanities. Since his seminal text The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989) he has published dozens of monographs on philosophy, psychoanalysis, popular culture and current events that established him as the foremost contemporary reader of Lacan and Hegel, as “the most dangerous philosopher in the West” and “the Elvis of Cultural Theory.” Amongst his numerous monographs are The Parallax View(2004), Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism (2012), Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism (2014), Event: Philosophy In Transit (2014) and Disparities (2016).
Moderator: Maria Aristodemou, Head of Law Department, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London
Introduction by Maria Aristodemou (Birkbeck):
Response by Slavoj Zizek: