Annual Public Lecture: Robert Pfaller – The Unbearable Enjoyment of the Other: postmodern sensibility and the politics of anxiety

Robert Pfaller

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Global Critical Politics annual public lecture will be delivered by Professor Robert Pfaller from The University of Linz, Austria. The lecture will be held in University Place 1.218 on Tuesday, January 27 between 4 – 6pm. The lecture is entitled: “The Unbearable Enjoyment of the Other: postmodern sensibility and the politics of anxiety”. We hope you will join us in what promises to be an interesting and provocative talk.

Robert Pfaller is professor of cultural theory at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria. Founding member of the Viennese psychoanalytic research group “stuzzicadenti”. In 2007 he was awarded “The Missing Link” price for connecting psychoanalysis with other scientific disciplines, by Psychoanalytisches Seminar Zurich – for the German edition of his book “The Pleasure Principle in Culture: Illusions Without Owners” (“Die Illusionen der anderen. Ueber das Lustprinzip in der Kultur. Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, 2002).

His Publications include:

– 2014 The Pleasure Principle in Culture: Illusions without Owners. London/New York: Verso
– 2012 Zweite Welten und andere Lebenselixiere. Frankfurt/M.: Fischer
– 2011 Wofür es sich zu leben lohnt. Elemente materialistischer Philosophie, Frankfurt/M.: Fischer
– 2008a Das schmutzige Heilige und die reine Vernunft. Symptome der Gegenwartskultur. Frankfurt/M.: Fischer
– 2008b Die Ästhetik der Interpassivität. Hamburg: philo fine arts
– 2005 (Ed.): Stop That Comedy! On the Subtle Hegemony of the Tragic in Our Culture, Vienna: Sonderzahl (in English and German)
– 2002 Die Illusionen der anderen. Über das Lustprinzip in der Kultur, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp
– 2000 (Ed.): Interpassivität. Studien über delegiertes Genießen, Wien/ New York: Springer
– 1997 Althusser – Das Schweigen im Text. München: Fink

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