One Divides into Two:
Dialectics, Negativity & Clinamen

featuring: Slavoj Žižek, Alenka Zupančič, and Mladen Dolar
Monday, March 28 – Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

Christinenstr. 18-19, Haus 8
D-10119 Berlin
(Click here for map)

‘One splits into two, two doesn’t merge into one’. The slogan made quite a stir in its day, combining the air of a purely mathematical axiom with a political mandate. Under the cloak of a universal truth there lies a political dagger. The formula combines under the same heading a mathematical adage, an ontological statement, and a political stance. So why does one split into two, necessarily, in mathematics, in ontology, and in politics? And why, once we arrive at Two, at a foundational split, can we never return to the supposed unity of One? The different lectures will explore this problem from Hegel to Lacan, from sexuality to politics.

The Registration starts on each day two hours before the beginning at the foyer of Haus 8, Christinenstraße 18/19 and is only possible for the same day. Maximum of two tickets per person. There is no charge, but the number of tickets is limited and prior reservations are not possible.

Monday, March 28
From 11:30 onwards: Registration
13:30 – 14:00: Welcome, Christoph Holzhey and Aaron Schuster
14:00 – 15:30: Mladen Dolar, “One Divides Into Two”
16:00 – 17:30: Alenka Zupančič, “Realism in Psychoanalysis”
18:00 – 19:30: Slavoj Žižek, “Hegel as a Critic of Marx: King, Sex, Rabble, and War”

Tuesday, March 29
From 11:30 onwards: Registration
13:30 – 14:00: Welcome, Christoph Holzhey and Gal Kirn
14:00 – 15:30: Mladen Dolar, “Hegel and Freud: Negativity and its Vicissitudes”
16:00 – 17:30: Alenka Zupančič, “Ontology and Sexual Difference”
18:00 – 19:30: Slavoj Žižek, “Hegel: Universality, Sexual Difference, and Differentia Specifica”

Wednesday, March 30
From 13:00 onwards: Registration
15:00 – 17:00: “One Divides Into Two: Rethinking Dialectics and Contemporary Politics”. Opening statements by Mladen Dolar, Alenka Zupančič, and Slavoj Žižek, followed by general discussion

An Initiative of Aaron Schuster, Gal Kirn, Pascale Gillot, and Ben Dawson. An ICI Berlin conference in collaboration with e-flux-journal, with the support of the Slovenian Embassy.



Blog Entry by Clare Ros – in Berlin; Sunday, March 27, 2011.

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