The Scandal of Civil War – A Psychoanalytic Approach

Conversation with Nadia Bou Ali (Bicar-Beirut/AUB, LEB), Damir Arsenijević (Literary and Cultural Theorist/ University of Tuzla, B&H), Rohit Goel (Bicar-Bombay/Institute for Critical Analysis, Art, and Design, Bombay, IN)
In English with Arabic translation

What can psychoanalysis offer to the analysis of civil war? Is there an alternative to the clinic of mourning in such context? And if so, what would the dismantling of the clinic of mourning look like? This panel discussion brings together two contexts, that of Bosnia and Lebanon, in order to consider the questions of civil war and its so-called post-war temporality.

The scandal of civil war: a psychoanalytic approach? is the third conversation of a joint event series on Critical Thought organized by Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR), Goethe-Institut Libanon and Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation – Beirut office

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Previous to the public event at Goethe-Institut Libanon, there will be a closed workshop on the 19th of June from 4-7 pm on the topic taking place at Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation – Beirut Office. If you wish to participate in the closed workshop, please register to the following email

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM

The Specters of Marx and the Fate of Critique

10:00AM | November 02, 2018 | Leu­pha­na Cen­tral Buil­ding C40.254

Public workshop hosted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) re­se­arch trai­ning group “Cul­tu­res of Cri­tique / Kul­tu­ren der Kri­tik” in co­ope­ra­ti­on with the Bei­rut In­st­itute or Cri­ti­cal Ana­ly­sis and Re­se­arch (BICAR).

with Prof. Dr. Angela Harutyunyan, Prof. Dr. Nadia Bou-Ali, Dr. Sami Khatib, Mark Hayek, Natasha Gasparian, Ziad Kiblawi, Andrea Comair.

Capital, value, and time رأس المال، القيمة، والوقت

The workshop revisits Marx’s seminal critique of political economy in Capital and The Grundrisse. It aims to understand the contemporary re-appropriation of Marx through value theory approach (Alfred Sohn-Rethel, Moushe Postone, Kojin Karatani) and point to some of the breakthroughs and limitations that these different trajectories of the value theory approach raise (Hegelian reading of Marx, Kantian reading of Marx). The paradoxes of time, value and money form will be discussed throught the reading discussion of a number of texts. Understanding Marx in relation to Hegel and Kant, the workshop aims to hone a historical, philosophical, and political conception dialectics.

Participation is free and open to the public. Please email to if you are interested to participate. Readings will be circulated upon request.