THE REASONS OF POPULISM
The contribution of psychoanalysis and philosophy to the theory of political conflicts today
The Seminar will take place in English and in Italian
Camera dei Deputati, Sala del Refettorio - Via del Seminario 76 Roma
Free entrance by reservation only at the tel. nr. +39-06 32652401
4:00 pm – Opening
Laura Boldrini – President of the Italian Chamber of Deputes
4:15 pm – Introduction by the Chair of the Seminar
Raffaele Bracalenti - IPRS President
4:30 pm – Lecture
Ernesto Laclau - Professor of Political Theory at the University of Essex, UK
5:30 pm – Break
6:00 pm – Interventions
Sergio Benvenuto - CNR-ISTC, Editor of European Journal of Psychoanalysis
Giacomo Marramao – President of the School of Philosophy, University Rome 3
7:00 pm – Discussants
Andrea Baldassarro - Psychoanalyst, SPI (IPA), Rome
Arturo Casoni - Psychoanalyst, IPRS, Rome
Gennaro Migliore – Member of Parliament, SEL group
7:30 pm – Discussion with the public
8:00 pm – End of Seminar
Classified today as a “post-Marxist thinker”, Ernesto Laclau, born in Argentina in 1935 (but who has lived in the UK since the ‘70s), is the author of several volumes on political philosophy. He moved from Marxist positions to his current approach, strongly based on Saussure, Freud, Gramsci, Foucault and Lacan. He is particularly well-known in English- and Spanish-speaking countries, but his thought has begun to spread and is now valued in many other countries, including Italy.
In fact, Laclau is one of the few political scientists and philosophers who systematically base themselves on psychoanalytical thinking, filtered through French post-structuralism. For years there has been an exchange-debate between himself and S. Žižek, who has made Laclau a crucial reference point in his political thought.
The analysis of hegemonies, of political identity and the concept of emancipation and populism, are among his main fields of interest.
The discussion on Laclau’s thought is, however, essentially an opportunity to spark off a debate allowing us to solicit among various scholars analyses and hypotheses on the rather dramatic and widely discussed political processes of today: populist movements, anti-politics mentality, the political frustration of masses in the West, the political form of cultural, ethnic and religious antagonism and the constitution of cultural, ethnic, racial and political “identities”. And above all, to try and prove how psychoanalytical theory and practice can become once more a powerful key to explain many of these phenomena.
In the past, psychoanalytical thought has, for better or worse, influenced political and anthropological reflections. Consider the role of psychoanalytical doctrine on G. Bataille, E. Fromm, H. Marcuse, E. Fachinelli, F. Fornari, J. Derrida, S. Žižek and A. Badiou, among others. Is psychoanalysis today capable once more of offering keys and models to understand the political ‘sound and fury’ of the contemporary world? This conference will attempt to turn this question into a possible answer.
EJΨ. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOANALYSIS
IPRS – ISTITUTO PSICOANALITICO PER LE RICERCHE SOCIALI
ISTC-CNR – INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCES AND TECNOLOGIES OF COGNITION