New Reading Group Info Session: Lacan and the Return to Communism: The Meaning of Radical Politics in the 21st CenturyNew Reading Group Info Session: Lacan and the Return to Communism: The Meaning of Radical Politics in the 21st Centuryhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/245241Stokes 102 - Humanities Center2013-09-09T16:15:002013-09-09T17:00:00
September 9, 4:15PM–5:00PM
Stokes 102 - Humanities Center
Learn about the new Hurford Center fall reading group "Lacan and the Return to Communism: The Meaning of Radical Politics in the 21st Century," led by Tyler Harper '14. Open to all students, faculty, and staff.
NEW READING GROUP
Lacan and the Return to Communism:
The Meaning of Radical Politics in the 21st Century
Organized by Tyler Harper ’14
Open to all students, staff, and faculty.
Join us for an informational meeting on Monday, 9/9 at 4:15pm in Stokes 102 to learn more about group.
“A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of Communism.” It has been almost two centuries since Marx and Engels penned the famous opening line to The Communist Manifesto, and in that time history witnessed the “spectre” of Communism transform itself into a fully formed reality, only to crumble again into obscurity under the weight of its apparent moral and theoretical contradictions. Yet today, over twenty years after the disintegration of the Soviet Union (the supposed death blow to the Communist project) we are again seeing the spectre emerge from the shadows.
In the face of incessant financial crisis and a gap in wealth distribution that seems to be growing at an exponential rate, political philosophers are once more turning to Communism as a viable, even necessary alternative to contemporary neoliberalism and parliamentary democracy. Drawing from sources as diverse as set-theory and psychoanalysis, this is truly a new Communism for a new age. The goal of this reading group will be to (re)examine the Communist project and its meaning in and for the 21st century, and more specifically, to investigate the peculiar relationship between the work of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and contemporary radical thought.
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