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Professor Lorenzo Chiesa

Professor of Modern European Thought and Head of Department

Italian

Head of Italian

Co-director of Centre for Critical Thought

Office: CNW 213

Office hours: Tuesday 16:15-18:15

I joined the University of Kent in 2006, teaching and supervising students from three different sections of SECL (Italian, French, and Comparative Literature). I was educated at the United World College Lester B. Pearson College, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (full scholarship of the Italian government) and the University of Trieste, where I graduated cum laude in History of Contemporary Philosophy. In 2004, I obtained a PhD in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick, where I was a fully-funded Postgraduate Researcher and a member of the editorial board of the journal Pli. Following this, I spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Theory Department of the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, The Netherlands (grant awarded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science), and lectured on Psychoanalytic Studies at Brunel University. My research interests are in the area of contemporary Italian philosophy and culture; Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis; 20th century French thought; Marxist theory. I am one of the initiators of the ‘Materialism and Dialectics’ collective.

Other appointments and affiliations:

Co-director of Centre for Critical Thought (since 2012)

Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy ZRC, University of Ljubljana, Scientific Research Centre SASA (since 2009)

Visiting Professor, Istituto Italiano Scienze Umane (SUM), Naples (2009)

Member of the editorial board of Journal of European Psychoanalysis (since 2008)

Member of AFIC, Association Franco-Italienne pour la recherche sur la Philosophie Française Contemporaine, based at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (since 2007)

Member of the editorial board of the journal S (since 2007)

Member of CliC, the Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique (since 2004)

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Research

My research interests are in the area of:

  • Contemporary Italian thought and culture
  • Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis
  • 20th century European philosophy
  • Marxist theory

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research (MA by Research and MPhil leading to PhD) in all of the above areas. (For recently and currently supervised theses see 'Teaching' below.)

Research Projects

My recent publications include the translation of Giorgio Agamben's Il Regno e La Gloria: Homo Sacer, II, 2 for Stanford University Press (2011), a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities on the notions of bio-economy and human nature in contemporary Italian radical thought (2011), a special issue of JEP European Journal of Psychoanalysis on recent philosophical approaches to Lacan (2012), as well as a book entitled The Virtual Point of Freedom (Merve Verlag Berlin, 2013) on politics, aesthetics, and psychoanlytical theory. I am currently completing a new monograph dedicated to Lacan's notions of science, logic, and love (MIT Press, 2014).

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Publications

Monographs

  • Der Möglichkeitspunkt der Freiheitsfunktion. Essays zu Politik, Ästhetik und Psychoanalyse (Merve Verlag Berlin 2013), 136 pp. [ISBN: 978-3-88396-305-1] [including essays on Agamben, Bene, Lacan, Pasolini, and Žižek] [English version currently under consideration with Northwestern University Press]
  • Subjectivity and Otherness. A Philosophical Reading of Lacan (MIT Press, 2007), 235 pp. [ISBN-10:0-262-53294-8] [Korean translation published by Nanjang Publishing 2011, with a new preface]
  • Antonin Artaud. Verso un corpo senza organi [Antonin Artaud. Towards a Body Without Organs (Ombre Corte, 2001), 148 pp. [ISBN: 88-87009-19-8]

Edited and translated books

  • G. Agamben, The Kingdom and The Glory, Homo Sacer II, 2 (Stanford University Press, 2011), 303 pp. [ISBN 978-0-8047-6015-7] [translated with translator’s note and endnotes]
  • The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics (Re.press, 2009), [with A. Toscano], 180 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0-9805440-7-7] [contributed article; selected, edited, and translated with introduction]
  • S. Žižek, America Oggi: Abu Ghraib e altre oscenità del potere (Ombre Corte, 2005), 143 pp. [ISBN: 8887009686] [selected, edited, and translated with introduction]
  • S. Žižek, Dello sguardo e altri oggetti. Saggi su cinema e psicoanalisi (Campanotto, 2004) [with D. Cantone], 249 pp. [ISBN: 88-456-0641-4] [selected, edited, and translated with introduction]
  • S. Žižek, Il soggetto scabroso – Trattato di ontologia politica (Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2003) [with D. Cantone], xviii + 508 pp. [ISBN: 8870788210] [edited and translated with introduction]

Edited journal issues

  • Lacan and Philosophy: The New Generation, special issue of JEP European Journal of Psychoanalysis, number 32, 2012, 336 pp. [ISSN 2038-5196][contributed article and introduction; selected and edited other articles]
  • Italian Thought Today: Bio-economy, Human Nature, Christianity, special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Volume 16, number 3, 2011, 180 pp. [ISSN 0969-725X] [contributed three articles; selected, translated, and edited other articles]
  • Spinoza: Desire and Power, Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy Volume 14 (2003) [with J. Rubin], 205 pp. [ISBN: 1897646100] [selected, translated, and edited articles]
  • Foucault: Madness/Sexuality/Biopolitics, Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy Volume 13 (2002) [with J. Rubin and A. Toscano], 204 pp. [ISBN: 1897646097] [contributed article; selected, translated, and edited other articles]

Articles in journals

  • “The Body of Structural Dialectic: Badiou, Lacan, and the 'Human Animal'”, in Indigo, Vol. 8, Spring-Summer 2013, pp. 116-127
  • “Christianity or Communism? Žižek's Marxian Hegelianism and Hegelian Marxism”, in Revue internationale de philosophie, 3-2012 / volume 66 / no. 261, pp. 399-420 [ISBN 978-2-930560-12-0] [with a reply by Žižek]
  • “Lacan Contra the Discourse of Freedom”, in JEP European Journal of Psychoanalysis, no. 32, 2012
  • “Of (Post)socialist Animals and Plants: Lysenko with Platonov” (with O. Timofeeva), in Umbr(a), Techonology, 2012, pp. 115-127 [ISBN 978-0-9799539-5-8]
  • “Of Bastard Man and Evil Woman, or, The Horror of Sex. On Antichrist”, in Film-Philosophy, vol. 16, no. 1 (2012)
  • “Umano, inumano e umanesimo nella 'Critica della ragion dialettica'”, in aut aut, 353 (2012), pp. 135-151
  • “The Bio-Theo-Politics of Birth”, in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, volume 16, number 3 (2011), pp. 100-115 [ISSN 0969-725X] [Slovenian translation in Problemi, 5-6, 2011]
  • “The Event of Language as Form of Life: Agamben’s Linguistic Vitalism” (with F. Ruda), in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, volume 16, number 3 (2011), pp. 163-180 [ISSN 0969-725X]
  • “Editorial Introduction: Biopolitics in Early Twenty-First-Century Italian Theory”, in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, volume 16, number 3 (2011), pp. 1-6 [ISSN 0969-725X]
  • “Hyperstructuralism’s Necessity of Contingency. On Jean-Claude Milner”, in S, volume 3 (2010) [ISSN 1874-9062] [Slovenian translation in Problemi, 1-2, 2011]
  • “The World of Desire: Lacan Between Psychoanalytic Theory and Evolutionary Biology’”, in Filozofski Vestnik, international edition (2009), pp. 83-112 [ISSN: 0353-4510] [reprinted in Yearbook of Comparative Literature, Volume 55, 2009]
  • “Lacancı Hakikatin Marksist Maddecilik Olarak Olası Ele Alınış Biçimini Önceleyen Düşünceler”, in MonoKL 6-7 (2009), pp. 536-551 [ISBN: 9771306715]
  • “Topology of Fear”, in Subjectivity: International Journal of Critical Psychology, vol. 24 (2008), pp. 298-313 [ISSN: 1755-6341]
  • “The Gift of Grace: on Dogville”, in Film-Philosophy, Volume 12, No 1, ed. B. Noys (2008), pp. 1-22 [ISSN: 1466-4615]
  • “Giorgio Agamben-ui Francesco-pa-jeok jon-jae-ron”, in Jawum and Mowum 2008, pp. 476-499 [ISSN: 2005-2340]
  • “Agape and the Anonymous Religion of Atheism”, in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 12/1 (2007) [with A. Toscano], pp. 113-126 [ISBN: 978-0-415-44790-4]
  • Le Ressort de l’Amour: Lacan’s Theory of Love in His Reading of Plato’s Symposium”, in “Encounters with Ancient Thought”, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 11/3, ed. J. Sellars (2006), pp. 61-81 [ISBN: 978-0-415-42378-6] [Russian translation in New Literary Observer, 2011]
  • “Count-as-One, Forming-into-One, Unary Trait, S1: Number in Badiou and Lacan”, in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 2, No 1 (2006), pp. 68-93 [ISSN: 1832-9101]
  • “Lacan with Lars von Trier: Tragic Transgression and Symbolic Reinscription”, in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 11/2, (2006), pp. 49-62 [ISBN: 978-0-415-42377-9]
  • “The Subject of the Imaginary (other)”, in Journal for Lacanian Studies, 3.1. (2005), pp. 1-34 [ISSN: 1477-3635]
  • “Ethics and Capital: Ex Nihilo”, in Umbr(a) (2005), pp. 9-25 [with A. Toscano] [ISBN: 0-9666452-8-6]
  • “Lucid Unreason: Foucault with Artaud”, in Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 13 (2002), pp. 26-65 [ISBN: 1897646097]
  • “Il dolore di Artaud”, in aut aut, 304 (2001), pp. 121-143 [ISBN: 88-221-4035-4]
  • “La lucida sragione: Artaud e Foucault”, in aut aut, 285-286 (1998), pp. 211-240 [ISSN: 0005-0601]

Chapters in books

  • “Pasolini e l'aborto: tra biopolitica e tanatopolitica”, in Corpus XXX: Pasolini, ed. D. Messina (Clueb, 2012)
  • “Ernesto Laclau, rivoluzionario borghese”, in Democrazia radicale e populismo, ed. D. Melegari (Ombre Corte, 2012)
  • “Woman and the Number of God”, in Theology After Lacan, eds. C. Crockett, C. Davis, M. Pound (Columbia University Press, 2012)
  • “Christianisme ou communisme? L’hégélianisme marxien et le marxisme hégélien de Žižek”, in Autour de Slavoj Žižek: Psychanalyse, Marxisme, Idéalisme Allemand [Actuel Marx Confrontation series], ed. R. Moati (Presses Universitaires de France, 2010), pp. 44-67 [ISBN 978-2-13-058377-6]
  • “Notes Towards a Manifesto for Metacritical Realism”, in Beyond Potentialities? Politics Between the Possible and the Impossible, eds. M. Potocnik, F. Ruda & J. Volker (Diaphanes, 2011), pp. 23-37 [ISBN 978-3-03734-152-0]
  • “A Theatre of Subtractive Extinction: Bene Without Deleuze”, in Deleuze and Performance [Deleuze Connections series], ed. L. Cull (Edinburgh University Press, 2009), pp. 71-88 [ISBN-13: 978-0748635047] [Italian translation in Mimesis, 2, 2012]
  • “Giorgio Agamben’s Franciscan Ontology”, in The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics, eds L. Chiesa & A. Toscano (Re.press 2009), pp. 149-163 [ISBN-13: 978-0-9805440-7-7] [Slovenian translation in Problemi, 3/4 (2008)]
  • “Introduction”, in The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics, eds L. Chiesa & A. Toscano (Re.press 2009), pp. 1-10 [with A. Toscano] [ISBN-13: 978-0-9805440-7-7]
  • “Of Teaching and the University Discourse”, in Psychoanalytic Practice and State Regulation, ed. I. Parker and S. Revelli (Karnac Books, 2008), pp. 74-85 [ISBN: 9781855755338]
  • “Pasolini, Badiou, Žižek en de erfenis van de christelijke naastenliefde”, in Liberticide: Kritische reflecties op het Neoliberalisme, eds. T. Bakker and R. Brouwer (Uitgeverij IJzer Utrecht, 2008), pp. 205-224 [ISBN: 978 90 8684 016 8]
  • “Pasolini and the Ugliness of Bodies”, in In Corpore: Bodies in Post-Unification Italy, ed. L. Polezzi and C. Ross (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007), pp. 208-227 [ISBN-13: 978-0-8386-4164-4]
  • Entry on Jacques Lacan, in New Makers of Modern Culture, ed. J. Wintle (Routledge, 2006) [ISBN: 9780415338318]
  • Entry on Alain Badiou, in New Makers of Modern Culture, ed. J. Wintle (Routledge, 2006) [ISBN: 9780415338318]
  • “Lacan with Artaud: j’ouïs-sens, jouis-sans, jouis-sens”, in Lacan: The Silent Partners, ed. S. Žižek (Verso, 2006), pp. 336-364 [ISBN-10: 1844675491]
  • “Pasolini, Badiou, Žižek und das Erbe der christlichen Liebe”, in Wieder Religion? Christentum im zeitgenössischen kritischen Denken (Lacan, Zizek, Badiou u.a.), ed. M. de Kesel and D. Hoens (Turia + Kant, 2006), pp. 107-126 [ISBN: 3-85132-415-3] [English version in HTVNews, vol.60 (2005); Ukrainian translation in Prostory (2013)]
  • “Nota del curatore”, in S. Žižek, America Oggi: Abu Ghraib e altre oscenità del potere (Ombre Corte, 2005), pp. 7-11 [ISBN: 8887009686]
  • “Tutto quello che avreste sempre voluto sapere su Hitchcock e non avete mai osato (non) chiedere a Žižek”, in S. Žižek, Dello sguardo e altri oggetti. Saggi su cinema e psicoanalisi (Campanotto, 2004), pp. 7-22 [with D. Cantone] [ISBN: 88-456-0641-4]
  • “Luigi Meneghello: ‘I-Taglia’, between ‘dispatrio’ and ‘bad dialect’”, in Borderlines: Migrant Identities in the Twentieth Century, ed. J. Burns and L. Polezzi (Iannone, 2003), pp. 325-334 [ISBN: 88-516-0047-3]
  • “Nota dei curatori”, in S. Žižek, Il soggetto scabroso – Trattato di ontologia politica (Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2003), pp. x-xiii [with D. Cantone] [ISBN: 8870788210]

Review essays and reviews

  • Review of D. Kishik, The Power of Life: Agamben and the Coming Politics (with M. Piasentier), in Symploke, vol. 21, 2013
  • “Lacan le Sinthome”, in (Re)-Turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies, vol. 2, pp. 157-170, Spring 2005
  • Review of A. Badiou, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism, in Parallax, vol. 11, No. 2 (2005), pp. 104-106 [ISBN: 0 4153 7364 6]
  • Review of S. Žižek, The Puppet and the Dwarf, in Journal of the Society of British Phenomenology, vol.36, No. 1 (2005), pp. 103-105 [ISSN: 0007 1773]
  • Review of G. Agamben, The Open: Man and Animal, in Italian Studies, LX (2005), pp. 113-115 [ISSN: 0075 1634]
  • Reviews of J.-M. Rabaté (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Lacan and S. Žižek (ed.), Jacques Lacan: Critical Evaluations, in Radical Philosophy 125 (2004), pp. 52-55 [ISSN: 0300 211X]

Translated articles

  • G. Agamben, ‘Angels’, in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, volume 16, number 3 (2011), pp. 117-123 [ISSN 0969-725X]
  • R. Esposito, ‘Politics and Human Nature’, in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, volume 16, number 3 (2011), pp. 77-84 [ISSN 0969-725X]
  • P. Virno, ‘And So On, to Infinity: Logic and Anthropology’, in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, volume 16, number 3 (2011), pp. 63-76 [ISSN 0969-725X]
  • A. Negri, ‘The Italian Difference’, in The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics, eds. L. Chiesa & A. Toscano (Re.press 2009), pp. 13-23 [ISBN-13: 978-0-9805440-7-7]
  • G. Vattimo, ‘Nihilism as Emancipation’, in The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics, eds. L. Chiesa & A. Toscano (Re.press 2009), pp. 31-35 [ISBN-13: 978-0-9805440-7-7]
  • R. Esposito, ‘Community and Nihilism’, in The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics, eds. L. Chiesa & A. Toscano (Re.press 2009), pp. 37-53 [ISBN-13: 978-0-9805440-7-7]
  • P. A. Rovatti, ‘Foucault Docet: Response to Negri’s The Italian Difference’, in The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics, eds. L. Chiesa & A. Toscano (Re.press 2009), pp. 25-29 [ISBN-13: 978-0-9805440-7-7]
  • J. Lacan, “Aristotle’s Dream”, in Angelaki, 11/3 (2006), pp. 83-85 [ISBN: 978-0-415-42378-6]
  • A. Badiou, “Love what you will never believe twice”, in Positions, vol. 14, pp. 649-658 (2005) [ISSN: 1067-9847]
  • J. Copjec, “Il soggetto ortopsichico: teoria cinematografica e ricezione di Lacan” (Campanotto, 2004), pp. 213-249 [ISBN: 88-456-0641-4]
  • C. Dumoulié, “Spinoza, or, The Power of Desire”, in Pli 14 (2003), pp. 44-52 [ISBN: 1897646100]
  • P. A. Rovatti, “Astride a Low Wall: Notes on Philosophy and Madness”, in Pli 13 (2002), pp. 13-25 [ISBN: 1897646097]
  • M. Foucault, “Preface to the Italian edition of La volonté de savoir”, in Pli 13 (2002), pp. 11-12 [ISBN: 1897646097]
  • A. Artaud, “Alienazione e magia nera. Dossier di Artaud le Mômo”, in aut aut, 285-286 (1998), pp. 204-210 [ISSN: 0005-0601]

Conference papers and public lectures (selection)

  • 2013 (September): ‘Jouissance Étrange, Jouissance Être-ange’, Desire and Pleasure international workshop, University of Warwick in Venice
  • 2013 (June): ‘Psicoanalisi, religione, amore’, Psicoanalisi e teoria politica international conference, University of Salerno, Italy
  • 2013 (May): ‘Biology Soul-loves: Lacan contra Darwin’, Italian Biopolitical Theory international conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2013 (May): ‘Psychoanalysis, Religion, Love’, ECLA Bard, Berlin
  • 2013 (February): ‘Lacan on Religion and Love’, University of Leeds
  • 2012 (April): ‘Lacan and Philosophy: Notes on Metacritical Realism and Paraontology’, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
  • 2012 (April): ‘Woman and the Number of God: A New Reading of Seminar XX’, Freud’s Museum of Dreams, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 2012 (April): ‘Lysenko and Contemporary Materialist Dialectic’, European University, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 2012 (April): ‘Towards a New Philosophico-Psychoanalytic Materialism and Realism’, Institute of Philosophy, Moscow, Russia
  • 2012 (April): ‘Are you from NATO? Demystifying the Italian Heritage in The Sopranos’, Cultural Mechanisms for Constructing and Supporting Identity in Diaspora international conference, New Literary Observer, Moscow, Russia
  • 2011 (December): ‘Inhuman Dialectics’, Badiou. Revolution, Democracy and Philosophy international conference, Monokl, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2011 (November): ‘On (Post-)Socialist Animals and Plants: Lysenko with Platonov’ (with O. Timofeeva), Annual Historical Materialism Conference, SOAS, London
  • 2011 (May): ‘War of the Poor or Dog on a Freeway? The Partisan and the Human Animal’, The Human Animal in Politics, Science, and Psychoanalysis international workshop, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • 2011 (May): ‘Pasolini and Biopolitics: Sacredness of Birth and Anthropological Genocide’, Corpus XXX: Pasolini, Petrolio, Salò international conference, Department of Italian, University of Edinburgh
  • 2011 (April): ‘Of Bastard Man and Evil Woman, or, the Horror of Sex. On Antichrist’, Force and the Worst seminar series, InC research Group in Continental Philosophy,Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2011 (March): ‘Agamben’s Linguistic Vitalism’ (with F. Ruda), Agamben and the Future of Law, Politics, and Philosophy, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle
  • 2011 (March): presentation of E. Petri, Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto, InC research Group in Continental Philosophy,Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2010 (December): ‘The Partisan’s Morale Provisoire’, Morale provisoire series, KW Gallery, Berlin
  • 2010 (October): ‘Sartre e l’animale umano’, Sartre e la Critica della ragione dialettica. Tradizione ed effetti, international conference, University of Trieste, Italy
  • 2010 (September): ‘Christianity or Communism? Žižek’s Marxian Hegelianism and Hegelian Marxism’, Philosophy Research Seminar, Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee
  • 2010 (June): respondent to S. Žižek’s paper ‘Hegel as a Critical Theorist’, The 2010 Summer School, The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 2010 (May): ‘Between Materialism and Realism: Lacan and Philosophy in the 21st century’: keynote speaker, Jacques Lacan Today international conference, UCL Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
  • 2010 (February): ‘On the Suture’: invited speaker, research seminar ‘Stetje’, Delavsko Punkerska Univerza, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2009 (December): ‘The Body of Structural Dialectic: Badiou, Lacan’, Eternity and Change international conference (ZRC Institute of Philosophy, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • 2009 (December): ‘On the University Discourse’ (Delavsko Punkerska Univerza, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • 2009 (November): ‘Notes Towards a Manifesto for Metacritical Realism’, Philosophie et Psychanalyse seminar (University of Paris 1, ExeCO, France)
  • 2009 (November): ‘Pasolini et la biopolitique’, workshop L'Italie et la biopolitique (ENS Paris, France)
  • 2009 (June): ‘The World of Desire’, Lacanian Theory and Practice International Conference (Institut Français d'Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey)
  • 2009 (June): ‘Subject, Object, Zero’, Object Day international conference (Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2009 (May): ‘Soggetto e mancanza a partire da Lacan’, series of lectures as part of Visiting Professorship (Istituto Scienze Umane, Naples, Italy)
  • 2009 (April): ‘Freudian Fictions’, series of lectures (ZRC Institute of Philosophy, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • 2009 (February): ‘Lacan on Desire: Between Psychoanalysis and Evolutionary Biology’, (Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts, University of Warwick)
  • 2009 (February): ‘Carmelo Bene's Anti-Political Theatre’ (Department of Italian Studies, University of Warwick)
  • 2009 (January): ‘Zero, Lack, Suture’, (ICI, Berlin, Germany)
  • 2008 (November): ‘Carmelo Bene's Anti-Political Theatre’ (Social and Political Thought Research Seminar, University of Sussex)
  • 2008 (November): Cahiers pour l'Analyse workshop seminars (Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University)
  • 2008 (May): ‘How to Make One out of a Multiple?’, More Than a Lot: Displacements in Ontology international conference (Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2008 (April): ‘What is the Lacanian Real?’ (Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA)
  • 2008 (April): ‘Lacan contra the Discourse of Freedom’ (Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, SUNY, Buffalo, USA)
  • 2008 (April): author (myself) meets critics roundtable on Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan (Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, SUNY, Buffalo, USA)
  • 2008 (February): author (myself) meets critics roundtable on Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK)
  • 2007 (December): author (myself) meets critics roundtable on Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan (AFIC, ENS, Paris, France)
  • 2007 (November): ‘Homo Sacer: A Franciscan Ontology’ (Institute of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • 2007 (October): ‘Homo Sacer: A Franciscan Ontology’ (Center for Philosophy and Political Economy, University of Leicester, UK)
  • 2007 (May): ‘“Wounds of Testimony” and “Martyrs of the Unconscious”: Pasolini and Lacan Contra the Discourse of Freedom’, The Phantom of Liberty international conference (Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2006 (December): ‘On the Unary Trait’, Identity and Subjectivity: Workshop on Lacan's Seminar IX, L'Identification (Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2006 (May): ‘Paolo Virno on Jokes and Revolution’, American Association of Italian Studies Annual Conference (Genoa, Italy)
  • 2006 (April): ‘Agape and the Anonymous Religion of Atheism’, The Writings of Slavoj Žižek, The British Society for Phenomenology (St Hilda's College Oxford, UK)
  • 2006 (April): ‘Of Teaching and the University Discourse’, Psychoanalysis and State Regulation international conference (London School of Economics, UK)
  • 2006 (February): ‘Désir pur et jouissance’, Politics and Jouissance international workshop (Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2005 (November): ‘Twenty-Four Remarks Prior to any Possible Treatment of Lacanian Truth as Marxian Materialism’, Is a Politics of Truth still Possible? international conference (Birkbeck College, University of London, UK)
  • 2005 (November): ‘Topology of Fear’, Psychoanalysis and the City of Late-Capitalism international conference (Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2005 (June): ‘Lars von Trier's Dogville and the Political’, International Association for Philosophy and Literature (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • 2005 (May): Seminar on Alain Badiou's Le Siècle (Établissement d'en face art gallery, Brussels, Belgium)
  • 2005 (May): ‘What is the Gift of Grace?’, The ‘Gift' in Modern Society through Lars von Trier's Dogville (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
  • 2004 (August):‘Pasolini and: Resistance Against Sado-Erotic Capitalism’, Society of European Philosophy Conference (University of Greenwich, UK)
  • 2004 (May): respondent, End of Religion international conference’ (Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2004 (April): ‘The 120 Days of Sodom: Carmelo Bene contra Pier Paolo Pasolini’, Warwick-Birmingham Italian Studies Research Seminars (University of Warwick, UK)
  • 2004 (March): ‘Le Ressort de l’Amour: Lacan’s Theory of Love in His Reading of Plato’s Symposium’ (Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 2003 (September): ‘Lacan with Lars von Trier’, Society of European Philosophy Conference (University of Essex, UK)
  • 2003 (June): Presentation of Il soggetto scabroso by S. Žižek (University of Trieste, Italy)
  • 2002 (September): ‘On Lacan’s Formula “There is no Other of the Other”’, Society of European Philosophy Conference (University College Cork, Ireland)
  • 2002 (June): ‘Writing Enjoyment: Artaud, Lacan’, Desire conference (University of Essex, UK)
  • 2002 (March): ‘Luigi Meneghello: “I-Taglia”, between “dispatrio” and “bad dialect”’, Borderlines international conference (University of Warwick, UK)
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Teaching

Research Supervision

  • Guillaume Collett (PhD French): 'Logic of Sense, Logic of the Signifier: Deleuze and Lacan"' [primary supervisor] [co-tutelle with Paris VII, Prof. Monique David-Ménard]
  • Luca Di Gregorio (PhD Italian): 'Italian Psychoanalytic Aesthetics: From Franco Fornari to Massimo Recalcati' [co-supervisor]
  • Wissia Fiorucci (PhD Italian): '"Does Death Have a Sex?" Deledda, Bontempelli, Banti' [primary supervisor]
  • Veronica Frigeni (PhD Italian): 'Antonio Tabucchi's "Uncanny Commitment"' [primary supervisor]
  • Crispin Lee (PhD French): 'Bodies of Interest: Haptic Experience in the Work of Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot and Michel Serres' [secondary supervisor]
  • Marco Piasientier (MPhil-PhD Italian): '"Human Nature" in Contemporary Italian Biopolitical Thought' [primary supervisor] [co-tutelle with SUM Naples, Prof. Roberto Esposito]
  • Sefi Sharoni (PhD Comparative Literature): 'Fantasy Literature in Fin de Siècle Britain: A Lacanian Reading' [primary supervisor]
  • Andrea Soardo (MPhil-PhD Italian): 'Persuasion and Rhetoric: Carlo Michelstaedter's Philosophy' [primary supervisor]

Recently supervised theses:

  • Angelos Evangeleou (PhD Comparative Literature): 'Autobiographical Philosophy from Nietzsche to Derrida' [co-supervisor]
  • Alvise Sforza (PhD Italian): 'A Clinic of Lack: Franco Basaglia, Biopolitics, and the Italian Psychiatric Reform'' [primary supervisor]
  • Wissia Fiorucci (MA by Research Italian): 'Anna Banti and the (Im)possibility of Love' [primary supervisor]
  • Francesca Beretta (MA by Research Italian): 'Love in Calvino and Tondelli' [primary supervisor]
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Last Updated: 20/12/2013