Thu, 6 August 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT


An Evening With Slavoj Zizek

In Conversation with Robert Rowland Smith

The philosopher and raconteur presents his insights into the world of 2020.

In the world of ideas there has never been a figure quite like Slavoj Zizek. Erudite and comic, ironic and profound, his mind frequently travels into territory where few of us would dare to tread.

Whether reviewing Hegel or Hitchcock, opining on the French revolutionary terror or Hollywood rom-coms, he thinks the unthinkable and says the unsayable with a force of personality that has made him an intellectual celebrity.

In these strange times, join Zizek to explore his reflections on the present moment and beyond – looking not only at our current crises, but onwards to our posthuman future. How will the ‘wired brains’ anticipated by Silicon Valley technologists like Elon Musk change what it means to be human? Roaming from the birth of Hegel 250 years ago to the deep future, Zizek’s answer is as original and thrilling as you expect. Join us for an intellectual adventure unlike any other.

This talk takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

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Slavoj Žižek


Slavoj Žižek is a Hegelian philosopher, a Lacanian psychoanalyst, and a Communist. He is International Director at the Birkbeck Institute for Humanities, University of London, UK, Visiting Professor at the New York University, USA, and Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Robert Rowland Smith


Robert Rowland Smith writes about philosophy, psychology and literature. His seven books include Breakfast with Socrates, Death-Drive, The Reality Test and AutoBioPhilosophy. Robert has given talks around the world on his ideas, been a columnist for the Sunday Times Magazine, and contributed regularly to radio. Robert is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a Board Member of both the Institute of Art and Ideas and the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology.