THE ZIZEK / BADIOU EVENT OF PHILOSOPHY


2013 The Idea of Communism Conference in Seoul
The Zizek / Badiou Event of philosophy @ Seoul 2013

 

WED 25 SEP & FRI 27 SEP - SUN 29 SEP

 

a number of the world’s most influential thinkers are coming to seoul. as phenomenal as it is for them to all gather at the same place, it is the very first time they are meeting in the peninsula to discuss the issues of contemporary philosophy. a non-everyday “event of philosophy” stands by right around the corner. this group of distinguished minds including ALAIN BADIOU, SLAVOJ ZIZEK, and WANG HUI will discuss the most urgent matter of our time.


what is this issue of utmost urgency? what is this subject matter which requires not the suggestion nor participation of an impetuous alternative, but the brake pedal to the metal by the foot of a most sincere contemplation? as ZIZEK stressed, it is projecting the tomorrow of global capitalism that governs our today. the cause of systemic substitution lies in hostile relations which are unsolvable by old criteria.


while ZIZEK’s fatal four threats – ecological catastrophe, the inappropriateness of the concept of private property in the discourse of intellectual property, the socio-ethical implications of contemporary scientific development, and newly generated apartheids and slums – to the sustainability of global capitalism, “the commons” meets the eyes of insight: the ecosystem as a common human habitat, knowledge as a common, scientific aspects as a common, and humanity as a common. a global resistance to prevent the privatization of these commons is in action, with the proliferation of a trans-stratous collective comprehension that disregard means dispossession in the plot of this dramatic demonstration.


BADIOU and ZIZEK have already exercised a series of conferences on this theme in three metropolises: london, berlin and new york, making seoul the fourth. Why seoul? the answer cannot be more obvious, for asia has been playing a key role in global capitalism. for BADIOU and ZIZEK, korea’s development and status quo has been a significant event in particular. there could not be a better city than seoul to discuss the Asian piece of the puzzle. seoul is no longer merely an ordinary korean city, but an ascending interest of the world’s most sober minds.


seoul, the city of desolate consumption will reform into an arena of reason and reflection. this academic-active practice will provide us with the opportunity to rethink the commons which we must consider and conserve together, combined with a chance to collectively assess korea’s present and future. It will aim for efforts toward a new society by the name of “The Inoperative community,” going beyond a nationalism which confines and impedes its people, namely you and i. with the assemblage of refutes to the current flow of history, the gates of the path in the right direction will open.

 

 


ONLY THE EVENTS ON 27TH, 28TH, AND 29TH HAVE THE ADMISSION FEE.

(10,000 WON PER DAY, A DRINK INCLUDED IN ADMISSION FEE)
EVENTS ON OTHER DATES ARE ALL FREE ADMISSION.

(EVENTS AT KYUNGHEE UNIVERSITY, SEOUL CITY HALL, AND PLATOON KUNSTHALLE ON 25TH)

 

 

 

programs at PLATOON

 

27th (Friday) @ Platoon Kunsthalle
19:00~21:00 Conference Session 1
Moderator: Alex Taek-Gwang Lee

-Alain Badiou, “The Affirmative Dialectics”
-Cecile Winter, “Political Lessons of the Cultural Revolution”
-Yong Soon Seo, “Idea of Commune in South Korea : the Case of 18 May in 1980”


28th (Saturday) @ Platoon Kunsthalle
13:00~18:00 Conference Session 2
Moderator: Yong Soon Seo

-Wang Hui, “The Question of Class in a Post-Revolution Era and the -Decline of Representation”
-Rosalind Morris, “Between Teeth and Tongue: On the Commons and the Subject of Politics in Recent Thai History”
-Saroj Giri, “Occupy, Communism and the Question of Form”
-Pun Ngai, “Another Cultural Revolution is Inevitable: bottom-up, the Chinese working class in its making”
-Ho duk Hwang, “Stairs of metaphor, Vernacular Supplements of Communism in South Korea”
-Hang Kim, “With or Without Sovereign: A Genealogy of the Right Wing Communists in Korea and Japan”

29th (Sunday) @ Platoon Kunsthalle
15:00~18:00 Conference Session 3
Moderator: Ho duk Hwang

-Slavoj Zizek, “Communism: An Idea Which Divides”
-Alessandro Russo, “The Sixties and Us”
-Claudia Pozzana, “Althusser and Mao: A Political Test for Dialectics”
-Alex Taek-Gwang Lee, “Communism and the Void”

19:00~21:00 Round Table
Moderator: Daniel Vukovich

All presenters and Korean intellectuals

 

 

PRE-PAY FOR YOUR ADMISSION!  (reservation is accepted until TUE 24 SEP! all money should be deposited by 24th!)

only the limited number of people can come to this event, and there is a way for you to ensure your admission!
1. send us your real name, cell phone number, date of the event you want to come, and number of people you are going to come with to PLATOON facebook message.
2. deposit 10,000 won per person to Woori Bank (1005 301 888970 , name: PLATOON). (don't forget that wednesday event is free admission!)

 

>> facebook event page for 25 WED SEP

>> facebook event page for 27 FRI SEP - 29 SUN SEP

 

 


TUE SEP 24 - WED OCT 2 2013

venue:
PLATOON KUNSTHALLE SEOUL

KYUNGHEE UNIVERSITY

SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART

SEOUL CITY HALL

host:
KYUNGHEE UNIVERSITY, THE GHOST SCHOOL 

sponsored by:
PLATOON KUNSTHALLE SEOUL,

MEDIACITY SEOUL 2014 (SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART),
INSTITUT FRANCAIS-SEOUL, JAEUM & MOEUM
 

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