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Revisiting the poststructuralist subject and its investments in the Capitalocene

The CEU Campus
Friday, November 3, 2017, 5:30 pm

 The Department of Gender Studies

2017-2018 Public Lecture Series


The automaton is quite simply language in psychoanalytic and linguistic sense, and in the sense of capitalist exchange system of values (or market) as in the patriarchal system of the exchange of women (Irigaray 1985). It is no more and no less language in computing too (Turing, 1950). The automaton of signification is unstoppable unless intervened upon by the real defined by its exteriority vis-a-vis the signifying chain. Subject(-ivity), or the instance of transcendence, is placed on the side of the language or the automaton regardless of whether seen individually or collectively, centered or decentered. The politics of input or of assigning value provide the modes of subjectivation of the automaton. In the Capitalocene, all ruling forms of automaton (and its subjectivation) are predicated by that of capital. In the lecture I shall revisit some of the themes from my book Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy (2014), appended by my more recent readings of Marx and Laruelle's reception of Marx.


KATERINA KOLOZOVA, PhD, is the director of the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities-Skopje, Macedonia and a professor of gender studies at the University American College-Skopje. She is also visiting professor at Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade: Postgraduate Program in Political Studies. She is member of the International Non-Philosophical Organization and Affiliate of the New Centre for Research and Practice. In the past decade she has been one of the coordinators of several European research projects and academic networks: Gender, Migration and Culture in Europe FP7 project (coordinated the study of intercultural violence: 2008-2011), co-chair of the Network for Gender and Women's Studies in Southeast Europe (2004-2012) and a Course Director of the ReSET program in gender studies (2004-2006). In 2009, Kolozova was a visiting scholar in the Department of Rhetoric (Program of Critical Theory) at the University of California-Berkeley. She is the author of Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Post-stucturalist Philosophy (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014), Toward a Radical Metaphysics of Socialism: Marx and Laruelle (Brooklyn: Punctum books, 2015). Kolozova is the editor of After the “Speculative Turn”: Realism, Philosophy, and Feminism (Brooklyn: Punctum books, 2016), co-edited with Eileen A. Joy, and has contributed to several collections such as Laruelle and Non-Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press) edited by Anthony Paul Smith and John Mullarkey, Superpositions: Laruelle and the Humanities (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) edited by Rocco Gangle and Julius Greve and most recently the Post-Human Glossary (Bloomsbery Academic Press, 2017) edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova.