EGS Video Lectures 2012

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?Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, answering students' questions about the plasticity of life. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses contradiction and the Real, Deleuze's critique of the organism and Hegelian dialectics, deconstruction in philosophy, self-contradiction within biology, the mechanization of life, dialectical materialism, the unity of body and mind, and the reciprocity of thinking and willing in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Martin Heidegger and Baruch Spinoza focusing on Homo sacer, totalitarianism in democracy, Nazism, immanence, epigenetics, biopolitics, the movement of truth, bare life, Dasein, technology and spiritual substance. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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?Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, talking about Jacques Derrida's critique of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben in The Beast and The Sovereign. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses Heidegger's critique of metaphysics, Foucault's critique of sovereignty, the distinction between zoe and bios, the relationship between bestiality and human life, political life, the logic of sacrifice and poetry as a new discourse on life in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida and Martin Heidegger focusing on the ontology of time, biopolitics, Homo sacer, the materiality of life, vegetal life, death, deconstruction and the distinction between the biological and symbolic. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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?Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, talking about Jacques Derrida's deconstructive concept of life in Faith and Knowledge and The Beast and The Sovereign. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses material life as animal life, the Hegelian notion of contradiction, the relationship between religion and technology, the limits of reason, the structure of promises and the redoubling of origins in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Martin Heidegger focusing on the real, death drive, self-negation, dialectics, trace, writing, bios, zoe, technology, faith, the Other, biology, fragility, sacrifice and temporality. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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? Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, answering students' question on epigenetics, plasticity and subjectivity within deconstructive philosophy. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses the notion of plasticity within queer theory, the distinction between historical transformation and biological transformation, philosophers' suspicions of biology, Freud and neuro-psychoanalysis, the death of God and the end of metaphysics in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, Martin Heidegger, Sigmund Freud, Mark Solms, Friedrich Nietzsche focusing on cyborgs, cloning, the symbolic meaning of death, consciousness, the neural unconscious, subjectivity, the symbolization of life, the biological production of language, cognitivism and blood. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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Anne Dufourmantelle, contemporary philosopher and psychoanalyst, discusses philosophy, psychoanalysis, conversion, the ethics of change, Plato and the allegory of the cave, the witness to the event of trauma, healing, chairos, Jacques Derrida and Martin Heidegger, the animal, truth and lying, the debate between Immanuel Kant and Benjamin Constant, and interpretation and the cure. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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?Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, talking about the relationship between genetics and the philosophical concept of life. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses the mechanization of life, Derrida's concept of the trace as bare life, epigenetics as the transformation of genetic code and the development of the brain in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, François Jacob, Daniel Dennet and Thomas Jenuwein focusing on determinism, fragility, zoe, bios, dasein, stem cells, the passage from genotype to phenotype, interfering RNA, neural plasticity, symbolic life and biology. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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?Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, talking about Foucault's deconstruction of biopolitics. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses Hobbe's Leviathan model of sovereignty, biopolitics as disciplinary power, the relationship between biology and politics, Agamben's critique of Foucault and the function of symbolism in psychoanalysis in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Aristotle, Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan focusing on non-sovereign power, biopower, the individual body, will, the notion of organism, the structure of kingship, power relations, intentionality, resistance, self-subjugation, transgression and sexuality. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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? Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, talking about biopolitics and biopower in Foucault, Agamben and Derrida. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses the political deconstruction of sovereignty, the meaning of the symbolic in language and the difference between the biological and symbolic body in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Ernst Kantorowicz, Thomas Hobbes, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Baruch Spinoza, Jacques Lacan, Karl Marx, Claude Lévi-Strauss and Gilles Deleuze focusing on life, death, dasein, phenomenology, spiritual body, subjective body, flesh, the reciprocation of gift and counter-gift, dialectical materialism, the system of debt, exchange value, linguistic economy, incest, the zero-level of value and the body without organs (BwO). Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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?Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, talking about biopolitics as a form of power that deconstructs sovereignty according to Michel Foucault. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses the duality of the symbolic body within kingship, how sovereignty constitutes the body as a linguistic entity and the passage from duality to a multiplicity of bodies in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Ernst Kantorowicz, Jacques Lacan, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Sigmund Freud, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Gilles Deleuze focusing on immortality, blood, sexuality, the zero-level of value, floating signifier, general will, subjectivity, dissemination of pleasure, becoming animal and Homo sacer. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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?Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, talking about Giorgio Agamben's conception of the Homo sacer. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses the sacred as the inclusion of what is excluded, the relationship between the sacred and profane, the logic of sacrifice and overcoming the distinction between the biological and symbolic in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger focusing on floating signifiers, the empty square, the living-dead man as a figure of the survivor, zoe, bios, Nazism, entropy, religious values, cerebral death, bare life, genetics and dasein. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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?Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, talking about Giorgio Agamben's philosophy of life. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses Derrida's understanding of religion as the immunization of life, the distinction between zoe and bios, the relationship between natural life and symbolic life and the inclusion of the excluded in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Aristotle, Martin Heidegger, Immanuel Levinas and Jacques Lacan focusing on deconstruction, biology, death, biopolitics, biopower, totalitarianism, concentration camps, Homo sacer, sovereignty, fragility, Nazism and the face. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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?Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author, talking about inconsistencies in Foucault's critique of the symbolic. In this lecture Catherine Malabou discusses the unity of the symbolic and biological, a new theory of power outside the model of language, the genealogy of relations of force, the somatic in place of the symbolic, functionality as the materiality of bodies and a new notion of life in relationship to Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Friedrich Nietzsche and Immanuel Levinas focusing on sexuality, the vocabulary of war, sensation, corporeality, the living body, bare life, Homo sacer, animality, poetry, sovereignty and the absolute value of life. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Alenka Zupancic. Sexuality, the Body, and Being

08/17/2012

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Alenka Zupancic, Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst, discusses sexual difference, sexuality, Sigmund Freud, Joan Copjec, the critique of gender, Jacques Lacan, psychoanalysis, Slavoj Zizek, Friedrich Nietzsche, and the body and being. This is the sixth lecture of Zupancic's 2011 summer course at the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2011

Alenka Zupancic. Freud, Negation, and the Constitution of Thinking

08/17/2012

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Alenka Zupancic, Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst, discusses negativity, Verneinung, Sigmund Freud's text on negation, psychoanalysis, logic and the third, Jacques Lacan, Jean Hyppolite, the unconscious, the constitution of thinking, psychosis and neurosis. This is the seventh lecture of Zupan?i?'s 2011 summer course at the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2011

Alenka Zupancic. Quentin Meillassoux, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sexual Difference

08/16/2012

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Alenka Zupancic, Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst, discusses Quentin Meillassoux and After Finitude, Alain Badiou and the event, ontology, radical change, Friedrich Nietzsche, fideism, Beyond Good and Evil, Immanuel Kant, correlationism, Jacques Lacan, sexual difference, antagonism, Judith Butler, and gender. This is the fifth lecture of Zupancic's 2011 summer course at the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2011

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Laurence Arthur Rickels and Avital Ronell, talking about Queen Victoria, allergic, bodies, AIDS, enemy, parasites, struggle, mission, task, aufgabe, gift, give up, aporia, A Space Odyssey, technology, language, paleonymy, difference, dog, stoned, alien, clean, morality, fantasm. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of opium, drugs, parasite, referring to Karl Marx, Kathy Acker, William Borroughs, Lacoue-Labarthe, Heidegger, Benjamin, Derrida, Hume, Freud, Lacan. Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012.

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Avital Ronell, talking about poison, toxicity, fiction, trance, drug, LSD, psychoanalysis, addictive, grafting, Nazi, simulacrum, racism, Frankenstein, maternal, stockholm syndrome, sacrifice. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of foreign bodies, immunity, Case of California, parasite, referring to Derrida, Heidegger, Freud, Philip K. Dick, Adorno, Nietzsche, Goethe, Eckermann, Melanie Klein, Kant.Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, Avital Ronell 2012

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Laurence Arthur Rickels and Avital Ronell speaking about the eccentric, endorphine, drugs, Hashish, death drive, destruction, law, wolfman, hospitality, Emma Bovary, pharmacy, ego. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of inside, outside, high, writing, blindspots, Crack Wars, gift, share, referring to Holderlin, Benjamin, Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Freud. Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe

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Francois Noudelmann, contemporary philosopher, discussing the relation between, philosophy, truth and lying. During the seminar he refers to Nietzsche, Foucault, Freud and Marx. Noudelmann talks also about optimism, resilience, hope and compares the statements of Hegel, Socrates and Platon by reading passages from Nietzsche's Human, All Too Human and Beyond Good and Evil. European Graduate School EGS

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Francois Noudelmann, contemporary philosopher, talks about the meaning of affirmation referring to Freud's concept of denial. He focuses on repression, hysteria, negation, interrogation and the reconfiguration of the self, based on statements coming from Foucault and Nietzsche. European Graduate School EGS

Alessandro de Francesco. Poetry, Multidimensionality, and Remote Vision

08/14/2012

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Alessandro De Francesco, Italian poet and artist, introduced by Judith Balso, discusses poetry and multidimensionality, remote vision, poet, poems, new, media, meaning, signification, writing, Redefinition (Ridefinizione, Redéfinition) Lo spostamento degli oggetti, da 1000m (de 1000m), reading environment, sound art, digital typography. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

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Avital Ronell, talking about thanksgiving, thanks, rituals, and memory. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of forgetting, remembering, erinnerung, Gedächtnis, memorize, father, Archive Fever, referring to Larry Rickels, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Hegel, Plato, Derrida.Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012

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Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of forgiveness, drugs, ontic, ontological, friendship, blush, nausea, otherness, alterity, referring to Heidegger, Holderlin, Levinas, Susan Sontag, Lyotard, Kleist, Nietzsche, Wagner, Derrida, Lacoue-Labarthe, Alfred Hitchcock, Hegel.Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, Avital Ronell 2012. Avital Ronell is Professor of German, comparative literature, and English at New York University, where she directs the Research in Trauma and Violence project.

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Avital Ronell, talking about pardoning, food, ok, snafu, fubar, eating, gift, divorce, violence, forgetting, trauma, exception. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of forgiveness, drugs, ontic, ontological, friendship, blush, nausea, otherness, alterity, linkage, difference referring to Derrida, Lacoue-Labarthe, Alfred Hitchcock, Hegel.Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, Avital Ronell 2012. Avital Ronell is Professor of German, comparative literature, and English at New York University, where she directs the Research in Trauma and Violence project. She is a member of the faculty of the European Graduate School, interested in Literary and other discourses, feminism, philosophy, technology and media, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, performance art, and has also written as a literary critic, a feminist, and philosopher. Avital Ronell was born in Prague to Israeli diplomats and was a performance artist before entering academia. She received a BA in 1974 from Middlebury, studied with Jacob Taubes at the Hermeneutic Institute at the Free University of Berlin, received her Ph.D. under the advisement of Stanley Corngold at Princeton University in 1979. Avital Ronell taught at the University of California at Berkeley from 1984-1995 and at New York University from 1995 to the present. She served as Chair of ...

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Avital Ronell, drug, text, arouse, emetic, vomit, throw up, non-representation, censor, fantasy. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of fiction, referring to Ulysses, Madame Bovary, James Joyce, Derrida, Flaubert, Lolita .Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, Avital Ronell 2012. Avital Ronell is Professor of German, comparative literature, and English at New York University, where she directs the Research in Trauma and Violence project. She is a member of the faculty of the European Graduate School, interested in Literary and other discourses, feminism, philosophy, technology and media, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, performance art, and has also written as a literary critic, a feminist, and philosopher. Avital Ronell was born in Prague to Israeli diplomats and was a performance artist before entering academia. She received a BA in 1974 from Middlebury, studied with Jacob Taubes at the Hermeneutic Institute at the Free University of Berlin, received her Ph.D. under the advisement of Stanley Corngold at Princeton University in 1979. Avital Ronell taught at the University of California at Berkeley from 1984-1995 and at New York University from 1995 to the present. She served as Chair of the Department of German from Spring 1997 to Spring 2005. She taught an annual seminar in Literature & Philosophy ...

Avital Ronell. Authority and Law

08/13/2012

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Avital Ronell, talking about authority, trauma, hospitality, phenomenology, coercion, persuasion, location, author, witness, auctoritas, augment, power,Telephone, and shooting blanks. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of greeting, contracts, legal, gifts, fatigue, aggression, frustration, hermeneutics, walking, law, exception, outlaw, dwelling, body, learning, non-arrival, history, examples, mourning, reading, complications, irritants, thinking, entzug, traces, retreat, destruction, devastation, toxin, withdrawal, and contamination, referring to Kant, Hegel, Freud, Plato, Socrates, Lacan, Nietzsche, Derrida, Levinas, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Carl Schmitt and Heidegger.Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012.

Avital Ronell. Taste and Authority

08/13/2012

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Avital Ronell, talking about superego, mother, taste, authority, coercion, death penalty. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of greeting, contracts, legal, gifts, fatigue, aggression, frustration, hermeneutics, referring to Melanie Klein, Kant, Hegel, Freud, Hannah Arendt, Plato, Socrates, Lacan, Nietzsche.Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, Avital Ronell 2012.

Avital Ronell. Derrida On Forgiveness

08/13/2012

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Avital Ronell, talking about forgiveness, gift, speech-acts, aneconomy, punishment, crime. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of mourning, normalcy, referring to Derrida, Hegel, Lacan, Jankelevich. Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Avital Ronell. Awe and Responsibility

08/13/2012

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Avital Ronell, talking about impossibility, questioning, pedagogy, sublime, affirmation, thaumazein, stupidity, dosage, desire, fraternity, democracy, mistake, error, intoxication, brotherhood, suspicion. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of hospitality, forgiveness, awe, politics, paleonymy, Überwindung, Bewältigung, undecidability, referring to Derrida, Heidegger, Lacan, Blanchot, Lacoue-Labarthe, Nietzsche, Paul de Man, Friedrich Hölderlin, Odyssey, Lot, David Lynch, Freud.Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Avital Ronell. Hospitality

08/13/2012

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Avital Ronell, talking about trauma, responsibility, deconstruction, violence, inheritance, women, rape, gift, undecidability, madness. In the lecture Avital Ronell discusses the concepts of hospitality, forgiveness, awe, politics, paleonymy, Überwindung, Bewältigung, undecidability, referring to Dostoyevsky, Derrida, Heidegger, Lacan, Blanchot, Lacoue-Labarthe, Nietzsche, Paul de Man, Friedrich Hölderlin, Odyssey, Lot, David Lynch, Freud. Free public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2012. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Length: 0:43:19.

Geoffrey Bennington, contemporary philosopher and translator, discusses Jacques Derrida, Richard Rorty, deconstruction, Immanuel Kant, philosophy, rigor, the death penalty seminars, critique, Kant's The Doctrine of Right and Metaphysics of Morals, justice, revolution, law, necessity, reason, differance, and capital punishment.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012

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Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, answers students' questions concerning his theory of an Event and the philosophy of life and death. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses the unsayable part of an Event, the different status of the trace in Being and Event and Logic of Worlds, naming an Event, the experience of death and the dialectical process of subjectivity in relationship to Martin Heidegger and Immanuel Levinas focusing on the encyclopedic situation of a world, love, subjectivity, the organization of consequences, the Immanent Two, the One, the dialectics of possibility and impossibility, Dasein, historical life, contradiction, suffering, quality of life and the Idea.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:52:36.

Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, talking about change in a world with respect to being and an Event. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses the relation between identity and difference, the logic of being and the logic of worlds, the opposition between being and appearing, existence as the immanent possibility of being, the difference between a thing and an object and the relationship between an Event and truth in relationship to Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Martin Heidegger and Karl Marx focusing on infinity, pure multiplicity, the point, extensionality, minimum and maximum difference, order-relations, void, the empty set, subjectivity, place, revolution and the proletariat. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 0:46:11.

Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, talking about the relationship between a singular change, a subject and the existence of truths. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses the philosophical concepts of being, world, object and thing, an Event as the mediation of a truth and being, the question of the subject at the level of affect and ecology, the reversal of the relationship between an Event and a subject, and the death of God focusing on the concept of singular universality, anxiety, the Real, the human animal, patience for absolute change, infinite subjectivity, the consequences of an Event, terrorism, the relationship between history and nature, mysticism, and choice. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:16:22.

Contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou discusses logic, anthropology, philosophy, Karl Marx, politics, negativity, negative dialectics, affirmative dialectics, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Theodor Adorno, Louis Althusser, capitalism, the future, negation, affirmation, event, subject, Saint Paul, Paris 1968, subjectivity, democracy, and Jacques Rancičre Ranciere. European Graduate School EGS Switzerland. 2012

Length: 1:29:00.

Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, answering students' questions concerning the philosophical concept of change. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses technical questions concerning mathematics, politics and the philosophy of life in relationship to Gilles Deleuze, Henri Bergson, Heraclitus, Galileo Galilei, Martin Heidegger and Plato focusing on time, space, representation, the relationship between being and change, nature, the distinction between a set and number, the identity of being and thinking, the One and the multiple, void, subjectivity, Plato's cave allegory, truth, exteriority and interiority, the power of the State, the Event, and heroism.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:33:02.

Christopher Fynsk, Heidegger scholar and literary theorist, talking about public, slaves, justice, alterity, linguistics, community, solidarity, hospitality, phenomenology, metaphysics, estellung, deconstruction, erlibnis, gestalt, refering to Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art, Hölderlin, Being and Time, Jean-Paul Satre, Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Blanchot, Jean Luc Nancy, Van Gogh.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk

Length: 1:04:50.

Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, answering students' questions about the philosophical concept of change. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses change within the field of aesthetics, the relationship between mathematics and art, genericity in politics, affirmative dialectics and the relationship between philosophy and art in relationship to Karl Marx and Georg Cantor focusing on truth, universality, generic sets, collectivity, the public, multiplicity, subjectivity, set theory, the proletariat, negativity, revolutions, the imitation of nature, painting, capitalism, technology and death.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS

Length: 0:55:46.

Christopher Fynsk, Heidegger scholar and literary theorist, talking about primitive art, tool, technology, gestalt, excessive, werklich, truth event, finite, translation, Oedipus, Antigone, Heraclitus, oppositions, disaster, metaphysics, blessing, endurance, earth, withholding, world referring to Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art, Hölderlin, Being and Time, Lacan, DerridaPublic open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk

Length: 0:55:55.

Christopher Fynsk, Heidegger scholar and literary theorist, talking about rhythm, spatio-temporal, dwelling, ethos, erlibnis, erfahrung, rootness, poesis, Dasein, romantic, stimmung, cleft, rift, tearing, intimacy, selbst behauptung, mythic, ontic, mimesis, ontological, referring to Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art, Walter Benjamin, Levinas, Hölderlin, Alain Badiou, Plato,Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk

Length: 1:22:04.

Christopher Fynsk, Heidegger scholar and literary theorist, talking about polemics, national-socialism, concealment, unconcealment, being, mitdasein, referring to Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art, Raoul Walsh, The Essence of Language, Lacoue-Labarthe, Plato. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:03:09.

Christopher Fynsk, Heidegger scholar and literary theorist, talking about origin, anxiety, boredom. In the lecture, Christopher Fynsks discusses jointure, articulation, concealment, inscription, language, mimetic, being relation, facticity, Stimmung, metaphysics referring to Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art, Hölderlin, "What are poets for?", Plato, Socrates, Maurice Blanchot, Wittgenstein. European Graduate School EGS

Slavoj Žižek. The Buddhist Ethic and the Spirit of Global Capitalism

08/10/2012

Length: 1:09:57.

Slavoj Žižek, contemporary philosopher and psychoanalyst, discusses Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Western Buddhism, the West, capitalism, science, ideology, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis, bodhisattva, samsara, enlightenment, kharma, nirvana, war, Thomas Metzinger, free will, Benjamin Libet, Martin Heidegger, Patricia and Paul Churchland, and The Lion King.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012

Length: 1:22:09.

Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, talking about the philosophical concept of change. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses the relationship between repetition and tradition, the mathematical concept of generic sets, the relationship between the idea of truth and the generic, the impossibility of the transmission of the thought of change and the structure of desire in relationship to Plato, Saint Paul, Kurt Gödel, PJ Cohen and Georg Cantor focusing on difference, identity, love, life, exceptionality, positive and negative forms of change, generic audiences and the relationship between desire and law.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:06:23.

Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, talking about the philosophical concept of change within Greek antiquity. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses the relationship between change and negation, the empirical and universal experience of change, the identity of being and thinking, the relationship between being and becoming and Aristotle's question concerning a prime mover and causality in relationship to Parmenides, Baruch Spinoza, Gilles Deleuze, Friedrich Nietzsche, Heraclitus, Aristotle and Immanuel Kant focusing on poetry, being qua being, negativity, the One, pure affirmation, the inexistence of negation, dialectics, double negation, the proof of God's existence, perfection, contradiction and subjectivity. European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Christopher Fynsk. The Origin of the Work of Art

08/10/2012

Length: 1:32:57.

Christopher Fynsk referring to Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art, Kant, Hegel, Hölderlin.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk

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Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, talking about the question of change in the political field. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses the relationship between State and law, the dialectics of possibility and impossibility, the relationship between political action and artistic creation, relativity within the empirical experience of change, the distinction between realization and creation, the Event and the consequences of change focusing on repetition, violence, repression, irrational numbers, the forcing of possibility, the structure of worlds, truth, revolutions and negation. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:20:11.

Alain Badiou, French philosopher, mathematician and author, talking about the ontology of change. In this lecture, Alain Badiou discusses Aristotle's concept of the prime mover, the rational determination of God, thinking of change by the notions of division and becoming, the subjective structure of knowledge of being, the relationship between multiplicity and change, the localization of being in a world, the possibility of thinking pure multiplicity as such and the relationship between multiplicities in relationship to Aristotle, Nicolas Malebranche, Immanuel Kant, Parmenides, Heraclitus, Democritus and Georg Cantor focusing on the infinite subject, perfection, fidelity, the One, pure multiplicity, atoms, physics, set theory, extensionality, qualitative difference, intensive difference and absolute identity.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012.

Length: 0:43:11.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher, discusses Maurice Blanchot, Georges Bataille, the double relation or imperative, language, speech, writing, literature, politics, Emmanuel Levinas, Judaism, violence, other, alterity, Albert Camus and The Myth of Sisyphus, Reflections on Hell, nihilism, freedom, hospitality, and community.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk.

Length: 1:18:09.

Walter Pfeiffer talking about his career as an artist. In this lecture he introduces his work, talks about the word photographer, discusses still lifes, how he was once a department store window dresser, his apprenticeship as a graphic designer for Zurich's renown department store Globus, his start at photographing models for their catalog with David Weiss, his start as an illustrator, his use of Polaroids, his illustrations, paintings, his first poster, his first photo show, his scrapbooks, his paintings, his studio,his first booklet, his use of color, portraits, his second book, the influence of film noir, his inspirations, his trip to America, his work as a director, his first magazine cover for Bagatelle, Kunsthalle Basel, the book that cemented him as an artist, his painting phase which lasted five years, and his return to photograph. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2010

Length: 1:05:19.

Bracha Ettinger, contemporary artist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher, advances current psychoanalytic theory by proposing a novel understanding of subjectivity. Concepts addressed include maternal subjectivity, the transubject and transubjectivity, respect, transconnection, eros, the mother, fantasy, and the matrixial subject or borderspace. Ettinger includes the work of Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari, along with the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Alejandra Pizarnik. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012

Length: 1:22:32.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, in a friendly debate with students on ontology and politics in relation to Alain Badiou's philosophy. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the status of the subject, transcendental phenomenal existence, the difference between act and Event, the necessity of terror, Christianity, Saint Paul, inconsistency of the big Other, the communist hypothesis and political nomination in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Alenka Zupan?i?, Mladen Dolar, Sigmund Freud, Gilles Deleuze, Immanuel Kant, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Alain Miller, Bruno Bosteels, Ernesto Laclau, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Judith Butler focusing on truth, void, multiplicity, immanent Two, phallus, inexistence, the barred One, object a, le point, Hegelian essence, anxiety, political enthusiasm, master signifier, love and fidelity.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:36:50.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about ontological incompleteness in film with a discussion on the split subject of psychoanalysis. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses dialectical materialism, subjects without objects, organs without body, signifier without signified, Yugoslavian communism and the inconsistency of the symbolic structure in relationship to Alfred Hitchcock, Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Jacques-Alain Miller, Gilles Deleuze, Renč Descartes, Julia Kristeva, Michel Foucault and Sigmund Freud focusing on Hollywood censorship, sinthome, minimal difference, libido, obsessional neurotics, hysteria, lamella, death drive, object a, the real, fantasy, Vertigo, cogito and subjective destitution.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:27:34.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about Lacanian theology in relation to Christianity and Buddhism. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the Kantian sublime in opera and film, the spectral texture of narrative, the mediation of desire, the Freudian unconscious, the fall in Christianity and Badiou's conception of the event of love in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Joan Copjec, Immanuel Kant, Richard Wagner, Alain Badiou, Gioacchino Rossini, Gilles Deleuze, GK Chesterton, Martin Luther, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Soren Kierkegaard, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Plato focusing on the Lacanian formulas of sexuation, Tristan and Isolde, object a, Christian prohibition, Catholic propaganda, enjoyment, infinite judgment, lamella, the undead, death drive, immortality, logic of envy, capitalism, anamnesis, objective appearance, truth.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:36:27.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about the truth and irony of Buddhism. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses Badiou's conception of the Event and supernumerary element, the universality of truth, the paradox of inactivity, the temporality of analysis, American ideology, the problem of bodhisattva, politics of sacrifice and the gap between ethics and enlightenment in relationship to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Ayn Rand, Jean Pierre Dupuy, Alain Badiou, Karl Marx, Jacques-Alain Miller, Jacques Lacan, George Orwell, Theodor Adorno and Adam Kotsko focusing on retroactivity, the symptomal point, freedom of choice, capitalism, Stalinism, the Dali Lama, suffering, reincarnation, nirvana and Mahayana.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:40:16.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about melancholy as the loss of the object cause of desire. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the zero level of dialectics, the death of God, Christianity, the symbolic order and the Freudian distinction between mourning and melancholy in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Karl Marx, Alenka Zupan?i?, Mladen Dolar, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Judith Butler, Daniel Dennett, Gilles Deleuze and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel focusing on lamella, suture, big Other, commodity fetishism, fantasy, object a, desire, death drive and the unconscious.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:28:04.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about ontological incompleteness in modernist painting, literature and quantum theory. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses void and multiplicity, pre-ontological reality, spectral materiality, theology, detective novels and political revolution in relationship to Jacques-Louis David, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Quentin Meillassoux, Walter Benjamin, Franz Kafka, William Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, David Bohm, Vincent Van Gogh, Karen Barad, Peirre Bayard and Edvard Munch focusing on The Death of Marat, Jacobins, Robespierre, Lenin, science fiction, love, desire, not-all, Columbo, temporal paradox, retroactivity, wave particle duality and Heisenberg's principle of uncertainty.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:27:56.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about the structure of belief and the mediation of desire. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses his polemic with Badiou on the notion of subtraction as a political and philosophical category, object a as cause of desire, the event, inconsistency in the symbolic order and the function of the master signifier in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancičre and Charles Darwin focusing on singular universality, the supernumerary element, Zapatistas, evolution, minimal difference, the point, ecology, nature, love, and generic sets.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 0:42:58.

Rachel K. Ward, talking about the waste, SHOWstudio, democratic, capitalism, and commercialism. In the lecture Rachel K. Ward discusses the concepts of objectified, sensibility, design, consciousness, photography, in relationship to Georg Simmel, Notebooks on Cities, Yohji Yamamoto, ideology, sustain, focusing on purpose, signification, augmented needs, and religion. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS

Length: 0:47:28.

Rachel K. Ward, talking about the society types, systems, groups, and code. In the lecture Rachel K. Ward discusses the concepts of class, capitalism, fashion, identity, in relationship to Georg Simmel, uniformity, military, aggressive, Steve Job, Mario Testino, focusing on State of Emergency, Giorgio Agamben, and Steven Meisel. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2012 Rachel K Ward.

Length: 1:04:57.

Rachel K. Ward, talking about the desire, disinterest, will, and fashion. In the lecture Rachel K Ward discusses the concepts of status, representation, editorial, gender, addiction, in relationship to Kant, Adorno, Derrida, Machiavelli, The Prince, Schopenhauer, focusing on sex, power, and photographer. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 0:28:23.

Rachel K. Ward, talking about the dude, male, hipster, and modesty. In the lecture Rachel K. Ward discusses the concepts of silence, fantasy, fashion, photography, in relationship to Georg Simmel, Karl Lagerfeld, Roland Barthes, Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, focusing on brands, isolation, spectacle, and signifiers. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:30:19.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about the big Other in Lacan in relation to Alain Badiou's theory of the Event. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the universality of anxiety, Lacan's theory of truth and subjectivity, the inconsistency of the symbolic structure and his polemic with Badiou in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Sigmund Freud, René Descartes, Jacques-Alain Miller, Antonio Hardt and Michael Negri focusing on being, truth, the real, language, knowledge, the existence of animal life, death drive, transposed belief, the figure of the neighbor, terror, political enthusiasm and capitalism.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:25:20.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about the transcendental constitution of reality. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the logic of dreams in Freud, subjectivity, how real sex functions against fantasy, ethical certainty, temporal delay in the act of psychoanalysis and Badiou's concept of decision and forcing the real in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Sigmund Freud, Alain Badiou, David Lynch, Roland Barthes and Jean-Pierre Melville focusing on the neighbor, censorship, prohibition, sexual non-relation, big Other, trauma, libido, pornography and love. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:26:23.

?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about Jacques Lacan's shifting theory of the big Other. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses hysteria as the birth of subjectivity, the logic of transgression, Hollywood censorship, film theory, Antigone, and paternal authority in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Sigmund Freud, Mladen Dolar, Jacques-Alain Miller, Louis Althusser, Jean Laplance, René Descartes, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Bertolt Brecht and Georges Bataille focusing on desire, death drive, perversity, sexual difference, capitalism, fantasy, love, amor fati, necessity, Maoism, fidelity and corruption.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012

Length: 1:09:19.

Leslie Thornton talking about her work, The Binoculars, creating an archive, Peggy and Fred in Hell, taking still photographs as opposed to shooting film, the problems of excess and data in the digital world, her short piece called "Photography's Easy, the ease of the digital image, building an archive of dead nature, the Natural History Museum, shooting at natural history museums around the world, moving on to live animals, shooting at the zoo, how she shot her series "Binoculars", the subcategory of "Binoculars: The Machine", working in a gallery context, artist expectations of the viewer, the average viewing time of a painting (8 seconds), the mystification of artists by gallerists. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2010

Length: 0:36:09.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher reads passages from Blanchot's The Infinite Conversation and talks about the relation between Bataille and Blanchot by focusing on the notions, solitude, speech, alterity, thought, the presence of the other and the self, the relation between the self and other, exteriority, the stages of conversation, the impossible, language and narrative. Fynsk also mentions about Blanchot's books L'Amitie, Death Sentence and L'Attante - L'Oubli.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:39:03.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher reads passages Blanchot's The Step Not Beyond (and Reflections On Hell from The Infinite Conversation) and discusses notions such as fragmentation, the unknown, the self and the other, weariness, allegorical act, separation, narration, fear, hospitality, sociopolitical order, death, language, neutral, speech, passivity, affliction, suffering, singularity. During the discussion Fynsk refers to Heidegger, Bataille, Malarme and Derrida. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk.

Length: 0:47:46.

Ilija Trojanow (also Iliya Troyanov), contemporary German author, delivers a reading from his 2006 work of historical narrative, Collector of Worlds. The novel traces three journeys of the British officer, translator, colonialist explorer throughout India, Africa, and Mecca. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012

Length: 2:20:39.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher analyses Maurice Blanchot's Madness of the Day within the concepts of death, sovereignty and refusal, and he is referencing to Foucault, Descartes, Levinas, Derrida, Bataille, Lacan, Freud, Oedipus and Jocasta and again Blanchot's other texts The Writing of the Disaster and Discourse on Patience.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk

Length: 0:52:38.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher analyses Blanchot's essay on Refusal which is published in Blanchot's book, Political Writings and uses Blanchot's other essays Madness of the Day, Discourse on Patience and Writing on the Disaster as a reference.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk

Length: 1:31:29.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher analyses pasages from Maurice Blanchot's Literature and The Right To Death by focusing on the notions such as dialectics, poetry, language, literary act, the freedom of the literary writer, abstraction, passivity, negativity, death, presence of language, signification, meaning, being, nihilism, presence of reflection and the otherness, the obscurity, subjectivity in the dialectical sense, the motive of interruption, the space of literature, referring to Mallarme, Sartre, Bataille, Lacan, Hegel, Apollinaire and Heidegger.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk

Length: 0:42:55.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher analyses passages from Blanchot's The Infinite Conversation and talks about the interrogation, weariness, repetition, reflection, neutral, alterity, refusal, productivity, the other space and the fragmentation of the discourse, referencing to Levinas, Heidegger, Gerard Granel, Zizek's statements about Judaism and Levinas's sabbatical existence. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk.

Length: 1:52:59.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher analyses the notions interruption, fatigue, wariness, neutral, the other, the alterity by reading passages from Blanchot's texts, Interruption on Reimann Surface and The Infinite Conversation. In his statements Fynsk focuses on fragmentation, objectivity, the notion of interruption, Reimann Geometry, language, separation, the other and the self, presence of the other to understand the neutral, the power of speech, the possible presence of the third, the conversation, Mobius Strip and fear. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012 Christopher Fynsk.

Christopher Fynsk. Blanchot, The Question of Language and Literature

08/03/2012

Length: 0:45:23.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher talks about Maurice Blanchot and analyses the question of writing, language and literature throughout Blanchot's notes by the means of post-structuralism. Christopher Fynsk has been the Director of the Centre for Modern Thought as well as the head of the School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen since 2005. He also currently holds the Maurice Blanchot Chair for Continental Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Length: 0:29:14.

Christopher Fynsk, contemporary philosopher talks about Maurice Blanchot, his life as an author, how he introduces the question of literature, his political background, the impact of surrealism, Thomas The Obscure, The Book To Come, The Literary Space, post-war period of Blanchot, in relation to the statements of Lacan, Foucault, Heidegger, Derrida, Bataille, Levinas and the post-structuralist thinking in Blanchot's theoretical and literary works. European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Length: 0:49:14.

Manthia Diawara, Malian writer, cultural theorist and filmmaker, talking about the Senegalese poet and politician Leopold Senghor's critique of African art. In this lecture, Manthia Diawara discusses objective négritude in relation to the concept of art criticism, vital force in African literature and art, the movement of négritude in African politics, Francophone Africa, performance art in relation to museum art and the oral tradition of literature in relationship to Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre, Camara Laye and Sundiata Keita focusing on the centrality of masks and the trumpet in African art, the concept of committed art, assimilation, decolonization, The Epic of Sundiata, L'Enfant Noir, travelling griots and African music. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:08:09.

Manthia Diawara, Malian writer, cultural theorist and filmmaker, talking about the concept of négritude and its effects on black identity. In this lecture, Manthia Diawara discusses African culture's influence on French arts, French anthropology, the Western perspective of African culture and its influence on the definition of négritude, African epic literature in relationship to ancient Greek epics and the difference between objective and subjective definitions of négritude in relationship to Leopold Senghor, Aimé Césaire, Léon Damas and Jean-Paul Sartre focusing on the immanence of black identity, the Harlem Renaissance, The Epic of Sundiata, Martinician poetry, modernism in art, the concept of vital force and the centrality of rhythm in art. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:00:40.

Manthia Diawara, Malian writer, cultural theorist and filmmaker, talking about Caribbean writer Edouard Glissant's philosophy of identity. In this lecture, Manthia Diawara discusses creolization, modernity, black identity in Europe, Caribbean identity in North America, jazz music and the symbolic, real and imaginary in psychoanalysis in relationship to Edouard Glissant, William Faulkner, Gilles Deleuze, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan and John Lennon focusing on a literature of traces, dualism of identity, nomadism, errancy, relation to the other, multiplicity, rhizome, diaspora, the concept of the imaginary, and relation without hierarchy. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:09:17.

Slavoj Žižek talking about the European debt crisis, the revolutions of 2011, and where things stand now. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the concepts of exploitation, unemployment, the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street in relationship to Yanis Varoufakis's "Global Minotaur," Keynesianism, deficits, Paul Volker, Fredric Jameson, surplus value, recognition, TJ Clark, Basic Income, Philippe van Parijs, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Alain Badiou, Walter Benjamin, Karl Marx, Hegel focusing on Blaise Pascal, miracles, Deus Absconditus, Julian Assange, Kant, partial objects, contractual relationships and Adam Kotsko. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 2:05:51.

Mitchell Joachim, architect, talks about ecological, organic, green products and ecological urban designs by focusing on examples such as projects from One Lab, High Line New York, Big Dig Boston, James Patten's The Gravity Harp, Brooklyn Net, organic fashion, Eben Bayer's, Phil Ross's and Paul Stamets's mushroom and mycelium projects against styrofoam and plastics among other growth related problems. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:32:46.

Mitchell Joachim, architect, talks about ecology, energy crisis and energy systems. During the seminar he discusses his projects Fab Tree Hab, MIT Car, Soft Lamb Car, Jetpack Packing and Urbaneering Brooklyn. Within the concepts of growth, eco-engineering, eco-planning, technology and futurism, he focuses on waste and recycle and refers to Bill Mckibben, Wall-E, Paul Virilio, George Orwell. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 0:54:04.

Mitchell Joachim, architect, discussing Bjorn Lomborg's question "Which problem should we solve first?" in regards to topics such as: Malaria, free trade, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, global warming and economy. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:21:32.

Mitchell Joachim, architect, talks about growth and it's consequences by focusing on sustainability, organic food, waste, environmental products and how crisis changes people's behaviour. He refers to Michael Pollan, James Lovelock, No Impact Man, The Toaster Project, BP's Gulf Oil Spill and Kevin Costner. European Graduate School EGS

Length: 1:19:09.

Mitchell Joachim, architect, discusses energy saving, technological thinking, pollution, marketing, advertising campaigns, packaging and consumerism by focusing on growth and obsolescence. European Graduate School EGS