Video recording of a paper delivered by Žižek at the National Center for Contemporary Arts, European University in St. Petersburg, Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences on 21th August 2012 within the framework of the Summer educational program of the group «Chto delat’?»—What Is to Be Done?—a collective of Russian intellectuals and artists united by the task of alternative knowledge production.
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 Daylight, Reading Marx, Incontinence of the Void, and The Day After the Revolution.