2008 Žižek

NOTE: This event occurred at the 2008 conference.

Left Forum, along with The Brecht Forum and Verso Books presents:


***An historic New York appearance to open LEFT FORUM 2008***

For more information and to pre-register: www.leftforum.org

ŽIŽEK's provocative prose has challenged a generation of activists and intellectuals, and is today's most controversial public intellectual. His worktraverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis,theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture,literature and jokes - all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy.The author of over 30 books, his forthcoming In Defense of Lost Causes(Verso 2008) will be published in June.

Now the famed gadfly of the left will make a major New York City appearance on March 11th at the CUNY Graduate Center. Zizek's talk, "RESIST, ATTACK, UNDERMINE... WHERE ARE WE 40 YEARS AFTER'68?", will open this year's LEFT FORUM conference, the largest annual athering of the US and international Left in North America.

Called the "Elvis of cultural theory"and the "greatest intellectual high since anti-Oedipus" his genre-bending style has him writing everything from reflections on Lenin's polemics toLevi blue jeans ads. ŽIŽEK's work has appeared in the The New York Times,New Yorker, The Guardian, as well as the feature length film, ŽIŽEK!. He is a professor at the European Graduate School,International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.


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