‘What Does it Mean to Be a Revolutionary Today?’ by Slavoj Žižek

Video and audio recordings of a paper delivered by Slavoj Žižek on the last day of the Marxism Festival, which took place from on 2-7th July 2009, located at Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, central London to an audience of over a thousand people gathered from all across the globe. The event happened at a time of one of the biggest economic and ideological crises that capitalism has ever seen.

Other speakers included Tony Benn, Gary Younge, David Harvey, Bernadette McAliskey, Alex Callinicos, Gareth Peirce, Tariq Ali, Mark Serwotka, Haifa Zangana, Luigi Fiori, Ghada Karmi, Eamonn McCann, Terry Eagleton, John Bellamy Foster, Sheila Rowbotham, Weyman Bennett, Michael Billington, Nick Broomfield, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Danny Dorling, Lindsey German, Liz Fekete and Paul Gilroy.


Slavoj Žižek is a Philosopher and Psychoanalytic social theorist. He is Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana; Professor at the School of Law and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London; Distinguished Scholar at the Kyung Hee University, Seoul; and Visiting Professor at the German Department, New York University. His field of work comprises Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, dialectical-materialist metaphysical interpretations of German Idealism and Marxian critique of ideology. His more than sixty books in English have been widely translated. His latest publications include Pandemic! & Pandemic! 2, Hegel in a Wired Brain, Sex and the Failed Absolute, Like A Thief In Broad DaylightReading MarxIncontinence of the Void, and The Day After the Revolution.

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