Event Date: 9 March 2018
Clore Management Centre,
Birkbeck, University of London.
London WC1E 7JL
Like a Thief in the Night – A Masterclass with Slavoj Zizek
Slavoj Žižek (International Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities) – Like a Thief in the Night
How will a radical social transformation happen? Definitely not as a triumphant victory or even as the catastrophe widely debated and predicted in the media but ‘like a thief in the night’: ‘For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. While people are saying “Peace and security”, destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.’(Paul, 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3) Is this not already happening in our societies obsessed with, precisely, ‘peace and security’? The three classes will explore the modalities of this unexpected rise of the new, from post-human forms of social life to digitalization of our social space.
Introduction by Stephen Frosh (Birkbeck):