28 February 2008

The (in)famous cultural theorist, philosopher and psychoanalytical tour de force, Slavoj Žižek, will be in Liverpool on Monday 17 March to talk about his latest book, Violence.

Organised by Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), the event will be held in 68 Hope Street, running from 6-8pm on Monday 17 March. Described as, "the Elvis of cultural theory" and "the Marx brother," Žižek has attracted enormous international interest through his application of otherwise esoteric scholarship to contemporary mass culture and politics. The Liverpool event is part of a 'Northern Tour', that's included talks in Leeds and Manchester.

Tour co-ordinator Paul Taylor, from the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds, said, "Slavoj Žižek is an individual tour de force. He has wowed audiences across the world by managing, like no-one else, to make highly complex theory accessible to huge numbers of people. He successfully manages to walk a tightrope between being an academic rock star and a profound thinker. His conceptual fireworks include an encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema, arcane philosophy, and dirty jokes. Chances to see Žižek in the North of England are few and far between - so don't miss out."

A world-renowned public intellectual, Žižek has published over 50 books (translated into 20 languages) on topics ranging from philosophy and Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, to theology, film, opera and politics, including Lacan in Hollywood and The Fragile Absolute. He was also a candidate for - and nearly won - the Presidency of his native Slovenia in the first democratic elections after the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1990. The star of his own movie - Žižek! (Dir. Astra Taylor) and the Channel 4 TV series, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, Žižek combines great intellect with a passionate delivery style and regularly draws huge audiences at prestigious venues across the world.

Believing that, "political issues are too serious to be left only to politicians", Žižek strives to promote the role of the public intellectual. The event is free but seats, strictly limited to 180, will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There's no need to book but you are advised to arrive early in order to secure a seat. For more information on Slavoj Žižek, visit: www.zizekstudies.org