‘Freedom in the Clouds’ by Slavoj Žižek

Selected video recordings of Žižek from Communism, A New Beginning?, a conference that took place on 14-16th October 2011 at Cooper Union in New York City to discuss the continued relevance of the Communist Idea. The main talk delivered by Žižek as the conclusion to the conference went under the title of Freedom in the Clouds. Along with him, the speakers included Frank Ruda, Bruno Bosteels, Adrian Johnston and Jodi Dean. Essays from the event were later published in The Idea of Communism vol. 2: The New York Conference compendium by the British Verso Books.

The long night of the Left is coming to a close” wrote Žižek and Douzinas in the introduction to the first The Idea of Communism compendium in 2010. “The continuing economic crisis, the shift away from a unipolar world defined by American hegemony, and the ecological crisis mean that growing numbers of people are keen to explore an alternative, and to rediscover the idea of communism. With the advent of the Arab Revolts, millions have sought new ways to overcome corruption and dictatorship—and they’ve now been joined by the wave of occupations in the US, challenging runaway inequality and the power of corporations and the super-rich.

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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