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Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek Photo: Tomaž Gregorič

born in 1949 in Ljubljana, is a philosopher, culture critic and psychoanalysis theoretician. His thinking ranges from the most abstract philosophical positions to radical criticism of the current capitalist system. He lectures at various universities as a guest professor, including in his Slovenia home town of Ljubljana. Since 2007 Žižek has been head of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London. In the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, he writes a regular column entitled Fragen Sie Slavoj Žižek (Ask Slavoj Žižek). He is the author of a number of books, including the recent Trouble in Paradise. From the End of History to the End of Capitalism, 2015.

“I believe a much greater threat is how we have become entangled in pseudo-conflicts in the midst of a crisis that could threaten our very survival – in the UK the yes or no to Brexit, the military regime or Erdogan in Turkey, and the new Baltic, Polish and Ukrainian fundamentalists or Putin in Eastern Europe.” Žižek’s response to the question: “What frightens you?”, FAS, 18 September 2016