May 10, 2013 - May 12, 2013
The Actuality of the Absolute: Hegel, Our Untimely Contemporary
The Birkbeck Institute
May 10, 2013 - May 12, 2013
2.00pm - 1.00pm
The Birkbeck Institute
B01 Clore Management Centre + B34 Main Building, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX United Kingdom
A conference featuring Slavoj Žižek

Hegel is the ultimate bête noire of the last two centuries of philosophy:proponents of Lebensphilosophie, existentialists from Kierkegaard onwards, materialists, historicists, analytic philosophers and empiricists, Marxists, traditional liberals, religious moralists, deconstructionists and Deleuzians, they alldefine themselves through different modalities of rejecting Hegel. But when enemies start to speak the same language, it is a reliable sign that something is eluding them all. So what if something happens in Hegel, a break-through into a unique dimension of thought which was obliterated, rendered invisible, by the so-called post-metaphysical thought? What if the ridiculous image of Hegel as the absurd “absolute idealist” who “pretended to know everything” is an exemplary case of what Freud called Deck-Erinnerung (screen-memory), a fantasy-formation destined to cover up a traumatic truth? The task of the symposium will be to unearth aspects of this traumatic truth.

Standard £50     
Non Birkbeck Students £25
Birkbeck Staff & Students £25

Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto)
Andrew Cutrofello (Loyola University Chicago)
Mladen Dolar (University of Ljubljana)
Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck)
Catherine Malabou (Kingston)
Frank Ruda (Free University, Berlin)
Slavoj Zizek (Birkbeck)
Alenka Zupancic (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)