Book Signings and Discussions with Alenka Zupančič and Samo Tomšič

February 19 & 20, 2020 | 7-9pm
Barzakh (برزخ), Hamra (1st floor, above Rossa Cafe), Beirut

Two book signings are happening in parallel to the to the “Extimacy: Authority, Anxiety and the Desire for Revolution in a Time of Austerity” conference at the American University of Beirut.

Alenka Zupančič: What is Sex?
Wednesday February 19th 7pm

Alenka Zupančič approaches the question of “What is sex?” from the perspective of asking what if, as Lacan claims, we can get exactly the same satisfaction that we get from sex from talking (or writing, painting, praying, or other activities)? Zupančič argues that sexuality is at the point of a “short circuit” between ontology and epistemology. Sexuality and knowledge are structured around a fundamental negativity, which unites them at the point of the unconscious.

Alenka Zupančič, a Slovenian psychoanalytic theorist and philosopher, teaches at the European Graduate School and is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and the Arts.

Samo Tomšič: The Labour of Enjoyment. Towards a Critique of Libidinal Economy
Thursday February 20th 7pm

Samo Tomšic critiques the use of psychoanalysis to discuss political economy, focusing specifically on the concept of “libidinal economy,” the intersection between desire and capitalism most famously proposed by Jean-François Lyotard. Contrasting Marxist and Freudian thought with the philosophies of Aristotle and Adam Smith, Tomšic suggests that in the age of modernity, political and economic theory should reflect the driving force of alienation rather than narcissism.

Samo Tomšič obtained his PhD in philosophy and is currently research assistant in the interdisciplinary cluster “Image Knowledge Gestaltung” at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Free and open to the public.