Reading: “From Democracy to Divine Violence” by Slavoj Zizek
Monday October 22, 2018 6-8pm
Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room
What is it?
Should we still care about it?
This question was posed to the note-worthy thinkers in Democracy in What State? to address modern notions of democracy:
“Is it meaningful, as far as you are concerned, to call oneself a democrat?”
Please join us for a critical discussion about democracy as we meet every other week to discuss a short essay by a thinker from Democracy in What State? We will address an animating concern of the collection: is “democracy,” as historically and typically understood, still a viable form of governance? Is it ultimately “tainted” by the growing power of global capitalism? Or, if it is still viable and valuable, what form must democracy take to realize contemporary aims at freedom and flourishing? All events are free and open to anyone who is interested.
“Permanent Scandal” by Daniel Bensaid August 27
“We Are All Democrats Now…” by Wendy Brown September 10
“Finite and Infinite Democracy” by Jean-Luc Nancy September 24
“Democracies Against Democracy” by Jaques Ranciere October 8
“Democracy for Sale” by Kristin Ross October 22
“From Democracy to Divine Violence” by Slavoj Zizek