Slavoj Zizek - What Lies Ahead When There is no Future? | How To Academy


Fri, 3 November 2023

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Slavoj Zizek – What Lies Ahead When There is no Future?

Live on Stage in London

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The ‘most dangerous philosopher in the West’ returns to How To Academy to diagnose our current geopolitical nightmare and offer an urgent and radical call to action.

What if the only way to avert the end of the world is to pretend that it’s already happened?

Erudite and comic, ironic and profound, the mind of philosopher Slavoj Zizek frequently travels into territory where few of us would dare to tread. He joins Matthew d’Ancona live and via livestream to confront our apocalyptic zeitgeist – and offer a provocative new vision of what comes after.

We hear all the time that we’re moments from doomsday. Around us, crises interlock and escalate, threatening our collective survival. Protestors and politicians repeatedly call for action, but still we continue to drift towards disaster. We need to do something. But what if the only way for us to prevent catastrophe is to accept that we’re already five minutes past zero hour?

Slavoj will forge a vital new space for radical politics that could avert our course to self-destruction – by assuming that it is already a foregone conclusion. He will illuminate why the liberal Left has so far failed to offer an alternative to self-destruction, and expose the insidious propaganda of the fascist Right.

Don’t miss this chance to join one of the world’s most provocative thinkers at large in the world today.

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This event is presented in partnership with Penguin.

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Slavoj Žižek


Slavoj Žižek is a Hegelian philosopher, Lacanian psychoanalyst and political activist. He is International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and Eminent Scholar at Kyung-Hee University, Seoul. His previous books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Trouble in Paradise and, most recently, Like a Thief in Broad Daylight.

Matthew d’Ancona

Award-winning journalist and author

Matt d’Ancona is Editor-at-Large for The New European and co-host, with Matt Kelly, of its weekly podcast, ‘The Two Matts’. He is also a Contributing Editor at Prospect and a columnist at the London Evening Standard. His most recent book was Identity, Ignorance and Innovation (Hodder).