Event Date: 29 April 2019
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
Disorder Under Heaven: A Masterclass with Slavoj Zizek
Our situation is dangerous, there are uncertainties and elements of chaos in our environment, in international relations, in biotechnology, in sexual relations… But it is here that we should remember Mao’s old motto: “There is great disorder under heaven, so the situation is excellent!”
Let’s not lose nerve, let’s exploit the confusion as a chance to propose a new radical vision.
In January 2019, an international team of scientists proposed “a diet that says can improve health while ensuring sustainable food production to reduce further damage to the planet.” We are talking about a radical reorganization of our entire food production and distribution – so how do we do it? Is it not clear that a strong global agency is needed with the power to coordinate such measures? And does not such an agency point in the direction of what we once called “Communism”? And does the same not hold for other threats to our survival as humans? Is a similar global agency not also needed to deal with the exploding problem of refugees and immigrants, with the problem of digital control over our lives? Let’s not be afraid to tackle the problem of the new order that the ongoing disorder is calling for.
Monday 29th April: “Was Antigone a man? Masculinity and other toxic entities.”
Tuesday 30th April: “Nomadic proletarians? No, thanks!”
Slavoj Zizek, Chapter 1, LIKE A THIEF IN BROAD DAYLIGHT (Allen 2019).
Introduction by Professor Esther Leslie (Birkbeck); Chair: Professor Maria Aristodemou (Birkbeck)