Next month, Prof. dr. Chantal Mouffe takes up the VUB Teaching Chair at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Mouffe is renowned for her groundbreaking work in political theory. Together with Ernesto Laclau she contributed to the development of the so-called Essex School of discourse analysis, a post-Marxist political inquiry and methodology drawing on Gramsci, post-structuralism and theories of identity, aiming to redefine Left politics in terms of radical democracy.
Educated at the universities of Louvain, Paris, and Essex, Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster. She has taught at many universities in Europe, North America and Latin America, and has held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Prof. Mouffe is the editor of Gramsci and Marxist Theory (1979), Dimensions of Radical Democracy (1992), Deconstruction and Pragmatism (1996), and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt (1999); co-author (with Ernesto Laclau) of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (1985); and author of The Return of the Political (1993), The Democratic Paradox (2000), and On the Political (2005).
Program VUB Chair:
• May 5th: Inaugural lecture ‘Politics and Passions: How to Mobilize Affects in a Democratic Direction?’
• May 7th: Lecture ‘Pluralist Democracy and Agonistic Politics: A Hegemonic Approach’
• May 14th: Lecture ‘Agonistic Public Spaces: The Role of Artistic and Cultural Practices’
• May 20th: Lecture ‘Which Future for Representative Democracy? The Challenge of the Recent Protest Movements’
• May 22th: Colloquium, with Chantal Mouffe, Karen Celis (VUB), Matthias Lievens (KUL), Benjamin De Cleen (VUB)
Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
Entrance to all events is free, but registration is required at http://www.vub.ac.be/en/chair/chantal-mouffe
Organization: Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences and Centre for Ethics and Humanism, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Organizing committee: E. Acosta, J. Bauwens, Y. Van Den Eede, K. Verstrynge
More information: http://www.vub.ac.be/en/chair/chantal-mouffe