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Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
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There are many definitions of "surplus value" on the left, perhaps too many. This debate/panel discussion will take a look at two approaches to the surplus created under capitalism. One version of surplus value comes to us from Marx and his law of value, while the other emerged from Jacques Lacan's return to Freud.

What is the relationship between Lacan and his followers psychoanalytic reinterpretation of Marx and Marx's original theory? Can one hold with both Marx and Lacan?


Mia Vallet is an stage and television actress and theatre-maker in New York City. She has appeared in productions at the Rattlestick Theatre Company, and at the Signature Theatre. She is a non-matriculated student at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying Literary Theory and German Philosophy.

Vakhtang Gomelauri is a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist and clinical social worker based in New York. He has lectured at School of Visual Arts and Global Center for Advanced Studies. Vakhtang has performed as an artist at the venues such as New Museum, Kitchen, and the CUNY. His...

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Ashley Frawley is a Senior Lecturer at Swansea University, a member of the Zero Books editorial team, and the author of The Semiotext of Happiness.

Douglas Lain is the publisher of Zero Books, a novelist, a podcaster, and most recently a youtuber.

Pete Dolack is the author of It's Not Over: Learning From the Socialist Experiment, a study of the 20th century's attempts to transcend capitalism so that we might do it better in the 21st century. He is at work on his second book, about economic democracy; writes the Systemic Disorder...

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