Guest Lecture: “Rethinking Alienation” by Samo Tomšič (Humboldt University Berlin), moderated by Sami Khatib (American University of Beirut)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016| 5:30-7pm| Art History Reading Group| West Hall 310| AUB
The Art History Reading Group is delighted to announce the guest lecture of Samo Tomšič, author of “The Capitalist Unconscious (London: Verso, 2015). A major, comprehensive study of the connection between their work, “The Capitalist Unconscious” resituates Marx in the broader context of Lacan’s teaching and insists on the capacity of psychoanalysis to reaffirm dialectical and materialist thought. Lacan’s unorthodox reading of Marx refigured such crucial concepts as alienation, jouissance and the Freudian ‘labour theory of the unconscious’. Tracing these developments, Tomšič maintains that psychoanalysis, structuralism and the critique of political economy participate in the same movement of thought; his book shows how to follow this movement through to some of its most important conclusions.