Badiou Studies

Badiou Studies 4.1 'S(♀)-Towards a Queer Badiouian Feminism' is now online! It will be available in print from late January 2016.

Badiou Studies is a multi-lingual, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the philosophy and thought of and surrounding the philosopher, playwright, novelist and poet Alain Badiou. Badiou Studies is dedicated to original, critical and challenging arguments that directly engage with the conditions and circumstances of Badiou’s thought. We aim to identify pertinent intellectual discourses, ideas, historiographies and concepts, and seek articles that situate these theories within emerging events in politics, science, art and love. Book reviews, reports of related activities and experimental texts are also warmly welcome.

Badiou Studies is especially concerned with maintaining a fidelity to Badiou's thinking without collapsing into hagiography or celebrity fetishism. This is why we encourage works that actively critique Badiou's philosophy and his currency as an established philosophical figure. This engaging approach is warmly embraced by Badiou himself, a member of our board of editors. Our board comprises international scholars who are representative of our pioneering approach to research in the field, which is both radical and widely interdisciplinary.

The aim of Badiou Studies is to develop a clear and transparent site for scholars interested in Badiou’s ideas to come together, share research, and engage in productive dialogue. In keeping with this aim, we publish articles in multiple languages. We believe that the unification of academic and intellectual activity into one ‘lingua franca’ is counter-productive to originality and true representations of the local. In addition, we are open to non-traditional forms of expression, beyond the typical article format.

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Now published: Badiou Studies 4.1, S(♀)-Towards a Queer Badiouian Feminism

 

Badiou Studies 4.1 considers the potential that Badiou’s thinking harbors for both feminist and queer theories. Despite the fact that there has been very little feminist engagement with Badiou’s philosophy, and even less queer work on him, it is arguable that the lineaments of a queer Badiouian feminism can be discovered both in the work itself and its take-up by feminist and queer critics. Badiou’s own writings have a complicated relationship with and to queer feminism given that, as many feminist critics have pointed out, Badiou seems to lapse into positions, wittingly or not, which could be construed as heteronormative, phallocentric, transphobic or heterosexist. Yet, on the other hand, we have Badiou’s theories of the subject and his appeal in Being and Event to the female symbol (♀) as figuring a new world, ♀ figuring the situation that will have been, from the perspective of S, after the truth of ♀ has been forced. As well as this work on the generic, there are the essays on the scene of love, sexuality and the couple, which refer not only to heterosexual love. In terms of anti-identitarian queer theories, Badiou’s understanding of love suggests that there are a number of acts that any person can perform or positions that they can take up which do not solidify into identities.

This issue of Badiou Studies seeks to address the potentials and pitfalls of Badiou’s work for feminist and queer theories. In staging such a mutually enriching encounter we suggest that feminist and queer political thought stands to gain something from this set of rapprochements with Badiou; feminist and queer thinking may be reoriented by the latter so as to escape the menace of reactionary identity politics and refuse any continuity with democratic materialism, without simply lapsing into the sort of false universalism that queer and feminist thought has done so much to dismantle. To paraphrase Badiou from Theory of the Subject, "Marxism is the discourse with which the proletarian sustains itself as subject. We must never let go of this idea". The premise of this issue is that <it is by putting Badiou to work in this way that we can conceive feminism as the discourse with which woman sustains herself as subject. We must never let go of this idea>.

 
Posted: 2015-12-21
 

Badiou Studies now in print!!

 
Badiou Studies, Vol. 3.1, 'Ethics' is now in print and available for purchase here.  For full download of the print edition check out our publisher's website, Punctum Books.  
Posted: 2014-06-06
 
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Vol 4, No 1 (2015): S(♀): Towards a Queer Badiouian Feminism

Badiou Studies 4.1 considers the potential that Badiou’s thinking harbors for both feminist and queer theories. Despite the fact that there has been very little feminist engagement with Badiou’s philosophy, and even less queer work on him, it is arguable that the lineaments of a queer Badiouian feminism can be discovered both in the work itself and its take-up by feminist and queer critics. Badiou’s own writings have a complicated relationship with and to queer feminism given that, as many feminist critics have pointed out, Badiou seems to lapse into positions, wittingly or not, which could be construed as heteronormative, phallocentric, transphobic or heterosexist. Yet, on the other hand, we have Badiou’s theories of the subject and his appeal in Being and Event to the female symbol (♀) as figuring a new world, ♀ figuring the situation that will have been, from the perspective of S, after the truth of ♀ has been forced. As well as this work on the generic, there are the essays on the scene of love, sexuality and the couple, which refer not only to heterosexual love. In terms of anti-identitarian queer theories, Badiou’s understanding of love suggests that there are a number of acts that any person can perform or positions that they can take up which do not solidify into identities.

This issue of Badiou Studies seeks to address the potentials and pitfalls of Badiou’s work for feminist and queer theories. In staging such a mutually enriching encounter we suggest that feminist and queer political thought stands to gain something from this set of rapprochements with Badiou; feminist and queer thinking may be reoriented by the latter so as to escape the menace of reactionary identity politics and refuse any continuity with democratic materialism, without simply lapsing into the sort of false universalism that queer and feminist thought has done so much to dismantle. To paraphrase Badiou from Theory of the Subject, "Marxism is the discourse with which the proletarian sustains itself as subject. We must never let go of this idea". The premise of this issue is that <it is by putting Badiou to work in this way that we can conceive feminism as the discourse with which woman sustains herself as subject. We must never let go of this idea>.

Table of Contents

Invited Papers

Pharmakon: A Body of Filth and a Site of Radically Novel Politics PDF
Katerina Kolozova 1-24

Conditions

Alain Badiou Visits Walden Two PDF
Andrew Lee Bridges 25-46

Circumstances

Alain Badiou and the Feminine: In Conversation with Julia Kristeva PDF
Elisabeth Paquette 47-71
Communicating Solidarity: Theorizing a Coalitional Feminist Ethic of Love PDF
Philip Tschirhart 72-104

Conference Reports

Report on the Conference: St. Paul in Continental Philosophy PDF
Matthew Harris 105-122

Experimental Texts

A Musing with Alain Badiou à la ‘Dialogue Between a Chinese Philosopher and a French Philosopher’, or, An Exercise in Self-Reference PDF
Q (Kyoo) Lee 123-128


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