New research project

Beginning with the spring semester of 2021, I will be working on a new research project which just received funding from The Foundation of Baltic and East European Studies. The project is entitled Post-Communist Communism in Eastern Europe: A Rhetorical History of The Ljubljana School of Psychoanalysis and aims at investigating so-called post-communist communism as it is developed by members of the Ljubljana School of Psychoanalysis in general and Slavoj Žižek in particular. This will be achieved by focusing on how the concept of communism is rhetorically formed through the school’s analysis of the concept’s historical actualization in Eastern Europe and through their critique of our present ailments, relating it to their thoughts concerning the nature of the political idea.

New article in Philosophy & Rhetoric

Recently I published the article “Slavoj Žižek and Dialectical Sophistics: On the Relationship between Dialectical Philosophy and Philosophical Rhetoric” in the journal Philosophy & Rhetoric. The article constitutes an attempt to approach the problem of so-called post-truth (and the critique against rhetoric that comes with this concept) through a reading of the problem of the sophist in the works of Barbara Cassin and Alain Badiou. The starting point is Slavoj Žižek’s depiction of the ongoing debate between Badiou and Cassin as stained by sexual difference, allowing for an attempt to develop a way out of the dead-end of post-truth through the disavowed truth that sustains the antagonism between philosophy and sophistry.

My book Diplomacy and Ideology available as eBook

Due to the ongoing Corona crisis, the publication of my book Diplomacy and Ideology: From the French Revolution to the Digital Age has been delayed. However, it is now available as eBook from Routledge. In this book, in which I treat the concept and history of diplomacy, I argue that it has become one of the central Ideological State Apparatuses of the modern democratic nation-state.

The book is divided into four thematic parts. The first presents the central concepts and theoretical perspectives derived from the work of Slavoj Žižek, focusing on his understanding of politics, ideology, and the core of the conceptual apparatus of Lacanian psychoanalysis. There then follow three parts treating diplomacy as archi-politics, ultra-politics, and post-politics, respectively highlighting three eras of the modern history of diplomacy from the French Revolution until today. The first part takes on the question of the creation of the term ‘diplomacy’, which took place during the time of the French Revolution. The second part begins with the effects on diplomacy arising from the horrors of the two World Wars. Finally, the third part covers another major shift in Western diplomacy during the last century, the fall of the Soviet Union, and how this transformation shows itself in the field of Diplomacy Studies. The book argues that diplomacy’s primary task is not to be understood as negotiating peace between warring parties, but rather to reproduce the myth of the state’s unity by repressing its fundamental inconsistencies.

On Diplomacy and War in Europe

I recently contributed to a special issue of Crisis and Critique on the future of Europe. The questions, as posed by editors Frank Ruda and Agon Hamza, revolved around the role of crisis in Europe: is it permanent? Is it worsening? Have we become complacent living within a state of permanent crisis? In the text I approach some perspectives on the philosophy of peace and war, trying to work out the role of diplomacy in the conservation of the modern nation state. The full text is available here and includes interesting contributions from, among others, Slavoj Žižek, Wolfgang Streeck, and Judith Balso.