Jan van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique

Archives 2006

Workshop: Lacan, Seminar IX: on Identification

Sat 9 - Sun 10 December 2006, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht


On Identification - Reading Lacan, Seminar IX

Seminar organized by Lorenzo Chiesa, Marc De Kesel, Johan Schokker & Aaron Schuster

Politics and Jouissance:

A series of workshops on politics and jouissance organised by Lorenzo Chiesa and Oliver Feltham

Psychoanalysis, urban theory and the city of late-capitalism

A three-day international workshop organised by BAVO & Lorenzo Chiesa

Archives 2005

A Community of Scoundrels

The 'Gift' in Modern Society through Lars von Trier's Dogville

Wednesday 18 - Thursday 19 May 2005
a two day international conference

Modern community is supposed to be a free society, based upon mutual respect for each other's individual freedom. At least, this is what we commonly believe since the emergence of modernity and since the French Revolution we organise our society on that basis. Yet, does this idea of a freedom not repress a deeper and more problematic (and even violent) level? Did Thomas Hobbes not detect anxiety and violence at the foundation of free society? Did medieval Christianity not consider society to be based upon a divine gift, transferred onto a feudal gift-relation among humans? These questions form the background of Lars von Trier's Dogville . In that movie, a small free community experiences how wonderful it is to give hospitality to someone who is but a gift of grace to that community. What begins as an idyll of freedom, gift and grace, nonetheless ends up in the catastrophe of a real holocaust. As if, in the gift, the Dogville community has to discover both its truth and the impossibility to deal with that truth.

The aim of the conference ‘A Community of Scoundrels' is to take Dogville as a starting point, and to reflect, from a range of disciplines (political theory, critical thought, philosophy, theology, social sciences, psychoanalysis, communication theory), upon the question whether the notion of the ‘gift' is able to shed a critical light on the impasses of our contemporary freedom based society.

Lectures on Deleuze: Resonance, Mimesis, Noise and Refrain

Zafer Aracagök (Jan van Eyck Academy)

Wednesday 23 March, Wednesday 27 April, Tuesday 10 May, Tuesday 25 May 2005

Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, Auditorium

On Literature and Love

Lecture: Justin Clemens (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australië).

Tuesday 26 April 2005

Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, Auditorium, 10.30-12.30

Enjoyment ex machina + discussion

Lecture: Alenka Zupancic (Institute of Philosophy, Ljubljana, SL)

Wednesday 6 April 2005

Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, Auditorium, 11.00-17.00

The Function of Humanity: A critical commentary on Alain Badiou's "What is Love?"

Kicking Against the Pricks: Badiou and Beckett

Lecture: Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths College, UK)

Tuesday 8 March 2005

Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, Auditorium, 11.00-12.30

Archives Seminar 2005

On love: a concept to analyse current cultural discontent?

Reading Lacanian and other ideology critical texts on love

by Marc De Kesel

Archives 2004

Ending up with religion again?

Christianity in Contemporary Political and Psychoanalytical Theory

Monday-Wednesday 10-12 May 2004, international conference

Since the Enlightenment, religion has been one of the main targets for Western critical theory. Eighteenth century philosophers criticised it for its anti-scientific and anti-rational spirit and the next nineteenth century 'masters of suspicion' unmasked it as an ideological weapon in the hands of the ruling political and cultural power.

Contemporary thinkers stemming directly from this tradition fully endorse this critique. Yet, it is remarkable to see that in their works religion, and in particular Christianity, has come once again to play an important role. Remaining a significant object of criticism, it is often at the same time a positive point of reference. At least, certainly among some of the most 'leftist' critics, there is an affirmative approach to Christianity. It is as if the interest in Christianity, including its problems and its crises, seems to help current ideology-critique to deal with its own problems and crises. Is this perhaps the reason why some of the most innovative theoretical concepts of recent thought are explicitly sustained and illustrated by Christian topics? Here one can mention the importance of mysticism for Lacan, Lyotard's fascination with Augustine and Derrida's preoccupation with religion in works like Foi et Savoir . More recent thinkers like Žižek, Agamben, Negri, Taubes, Badiou and others consider the "Christian legacy" (Žižek) as an inevitable point of reference for any contemporary political theory.

The aim of this conference is to question the presence of Christianity and its (re)affirmation in contemporary political and psychoanalytical theory. Rather than new answers, this reference to Christianity might first of all generate new questions, or a new way of articulating the problems we are facing nowadays. Papers will also address the emergence of Christianity out of Judaism, the transformation of Judaic concepts of law, ethics, the Other, as well as the "fulfillment" or "cancellation" of Judaism in Pauline Christianity.

In collaboration with Heyendaal Instituut (K.U.Nijmegen) and California Psychoanalytic Circle