Following three incredibly successful conferences in London, Berlin and New York on The Idea of Communism,
Platoon Kunsthalle Seoul is presenting a new conference featuring some of the most influential thinkers and theorists on the contemporary left, including Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou and Wang Hui. The 4th Idea of Communism Conference
runs from September 24th to October 2nd at Kyung Hee University. The conference organisers promise an intense critical examination across a number of fields:
What is that this is the issue of utmost urgency? What is this subject matter which requires not the suggestion nor participation of an impetuous alternative, but the brake pedal to the metal by the foot of a most sincere contemplation? As Zizek stressed, it is projecting the tomorrow of global capitalism that governs our today. The cause of systemic substitution lies in hostile relations which are unsolvable by old criteria.
While Zizek's fatal four threats – ecological catastrophe, the inappropriateness of the concept of private property in the discourse of intellectual property, the socio-ethical implications of contemporary scientific development, and newly generated apartheids and slums – to the sustainability of global capitalism, "the commons" meets the eyes of insight: the ecosystem as a common human habitat, knowledge as a common, scientific aspects as a common, and humanity as a common. A global resistance to prevent the privatization of these commons is in action, with the proliferation of a trans-strata collective comprehension that disregard means dispossession in the plot of this dramatic demonstration.
In his review of Wang Hui's The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity,
Alexander Day (Assistant Professor of Chinese History at Wayne State University) begins by describing Wang as "one of the strongest critics of contemporary inequality and the marketization of society and politics in China," and the book itself as a "nuanced and highly theorized investigation into the relationship between revolutionary traditions and the rise of neoliberal capitalism ... [a book that has] implications beyond the field of China studies."