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November 26, 2013
Slavoj Žižek and Srećko Horvat: What Does Europe Want?
University College London
November 26, 2013
7.00pm - 9.00pm
University College London
Cruciform Building, Lecture Theatre 1, 304
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
Join Slavoj Žižek and Srećko Horvat for a debate on Europe and its discontents

Despite the fact that the European Union faces the biggest crisis since its foundation, on July 1st, 2013, a new state joined the club. For the foreseeable future, Croatia will probably be the last to join; at the same time creating a barrier between the once connected states of the Balkans. Paraphrasing Freud’s famous question - ‘What does a woman want?’ - one of the greatest European philosophers of our day, Slavoj Žižek, joins forces with the young Croatian philosopher, Srećko Horvat, to examine the burning question ‘What does Europe want?’.

Instead of a peace-project, the European Union is increasingly turning into a warzone: whether it be the expulsion of immigrants or riots in Paris and London, or European interventions to bring “more democracy” to Libya or Syria. Instead of leaving Europe to the enemies, Žižek and Horvat reflect on the fight for a different Idea of Europe; one that embraces all its peoples equally.


Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End TimesFirst as Tragedy, Then as FarceIn Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more, all published by Verso

Srećko Horvat is a philosopher from Croatia. He is the author of After the End of History. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement (Laika Verlag, Germany, 2013), a regular contributor to The Guardian and was one of the leaders of the Subversive Festival.

Chair: Dr Bojan Aleksov (SSEES)

UCL Cruciform Building 
Lecture Theatre 1, 304
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
£5 entry