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Tomáš Sedláček


The Czech economist Tomáš Sedláček gained global fame with his recent book “The Economics of Good and Evil”. He served as economic advisor to the former Czech president Václav Havel and currently teaches economic history and theory at the University of Prague. He is the chief economist of ČSOB, one of the biggest banks in the Czech Republic.



Chantal Mouffe

Political Scientist

The Belgian political scientist and post-Marxist is best known for her contribution to the development – jointly with Ernesto Laclau – of the Essex school of discourse analysis that focuses on redefining theories of identity and politics of the Left. Mouffe has undertaken extensive research on the rise of right-wing populism in Europe. She is currently teaching at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, where she directs the Centre for the Study of Democracy.



Slavoj Žižek


The Slovenian Marxist philosopher and cultural critic is one of the most distinguished thinkers of our time. Žižek achieved international recognition as a social theorist after the 1989 publication of his first book in English, "The Sublime Object of Ideology“. He is a regular contributor to newspapers like “The Guardian”, “Die Zeit” or "The New York Times“. He has been labelled by some the "Elvis of cultural theory“ and is the subject of numerous documentaries and books.



Karthick Ram Manoharan

PhD Student

Karthick Ram Manoharan is a PhD Student at the University of Essex. His research interest is in identity politics, but his political interest lies in trying to figure out a way to transcend it. He is a blogger at the Huffington Post, where he writes about politics. If it is at all possible, he hopes to fully comprehend both Hegel and Nietzsche one day. And he loves to cook.



Franco Bifo Berardi


Franco “Bifo” Berardi is a marxist theorist, activist, and writer.



Jasper Finkeldey

PhD Student and Journalist

Jasper Finkeldey is a PhD student at the University of Essex and a freelance journalist. He studied Politics and Theatre at universities in Hamburg, Bochum and Paris before moving to England to focus on Political Theory and Organization Studies. Finkeldey is a former editor of the European Magazine and has also written for the German newspaper “taz” and “The Conversation”.



Gayatri C. Spivak

Critical Theorist

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a literary theorist and cultural critic. She is a professor at Columbia University, where she cofounded the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Her areas of focus include 19th- and 20th-century literature, the politics of culture, feminism, Marxism, and globalization. She has published numerous academic and literary books.



Franco Berardi on Work and Europe

“If we want to insist on the neoliberal way, we might as well declare Europe dead”

What does it mean to be a worker in contemporary Europe? Our contributor Creston Davis sat down with Franco “Bifo” Berardi to find out. Here’s what he had to say about work in the age of the internet and the ideological cleavage emerging in Europe.

Conversation by Creston Davis with Franco Bifo Berardi 02.06.2015



The Failure of the Left and Communism Today

“The perfect society is an illusion”

According to Czech economist Tomáš Sedláček, there’s good reason not to blame capitalism for our contemporary ills but something much more inherently human. He sat down with Alexander Görlach to discuss why Marx would prefer to live in a capitalist society, how the Left has dismantled itself, and why modern capitalism is like walking across a graveyard at night.

Conversation by Alexander Görlach with Tomáš Sedláček 19.05.2014



Slavoj Žižek on Ferguson and violence

Divine violence in Ferguson

Violent protests like those in Ferguson happen more and more often. Are these merely irrational outbursts or symptoms of a new world order?

by Slavoj Žižek 09.03.2015

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