On December 6 2013, in advance of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Reading Capital
by Louis Althusser
, Étienne Balibar
, Roger Establet, Jacques Rancière
, and Pierre Macherey
, Princeton University is holding a conference celebrating the text and its continued importance to radical philosophy.
Robert J. C. Young, Bruno Bosteels
, Alain Badiou
, Emily Apter
, and Étienne Balibar will present new critical readings of this seminal text.
Visit the event page
for more details.
The Idea of Communism 2
is the result of a three day conference Communism, A New beginning?
featuring Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Bruno Bosteels, Susan Buck-Morss, Jodi Dean, Adrian Johnston, François Nicolas, Frank Ruda, Emmanuel Terray and Slavoj Žižek.
The volume brings together their discussions on the philosophical and political import of the communist idea, highlighting both its continuing significance and the need to reconfigure the concept within a world marked by havoc and crisis.
To celebrate the conference, Verso put together an extensive resources and commentray post that can be read in full here
Several recordings of the conference presentations can also be viewed on the Verso youtube
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.