Reading Group | Trouble in Paradise by Slavoj Žižek

  • VENUE: A4 Space
  • START: 06:30 PM
  • END: 08:30 PM
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Kevin Jones’ book club kicks off this month with Slavoj Žižek’s ‘Trouble in Paradise’.

The Reading Group is designed to be a forum of open conversation and debate, a collective means of supporting readers through books that might be too daunting to tackle alone.

Free and open to all. Part of Alserkal’s Spring 2019 programme on Corrective Maintenance.
Limited to 10 participants. Email to register.
Session 1: Contextualising Trouble in Paradise

Date: 20 February 2019

Time: 6.30-8.30PM

Location: Cinema Room, A4 Space

This introductory session will place the book within the context of Žižek’s wider oeuvre. Without dwelling too much on the hype around the author, we will nonetheless try to assess his appeal (or rejection), and highlight some of the fundamental concepts at work in the text.

Session 2: Structure (or lack of it)

Date: 6 March 2019

Time: 6.30-8.30PM

Location: Meeting point A4 Space

The five-part structure of Trouble in Paradise is drawn from the flow of a joke, and the text proclaims to adhere to these five chapters. Yet the work is jumpy, restless; ideas recoil back on themselves, leaving no real linear development. Tantalising though this interdisciplinary romp may be, we’ll discuss what lies behind Žižek’s apparent structural mayhem.

Session 3: The absurdities of capitalism and the role of popular culture

Date: 3 April 2019

Time: 6.30-8.30PM

Location: Meeting point A4 Space

Instances of the vagaries of capitalism abound in Trouble in Paradise, and we’ll use this session to highlight a few examples, pinpointing specific connections to popular culture.

Session 4: The Master

Date: 17 April 2019

Time: 6.30-8.30PM

Location: Meeting point A4 Space

Much of the latter part of the book concerns the figure of the Master, a figure required in moments of crisis to galvanise those who believe in revolutionary change—a sort of “Thatcher of the left.” This final session will also try to articulate Žižek’s ultimate recommendation: what is he actually proposing, and can we take him seriously?