Conference: Lalangue and the Intersections of Politics, Law and Desire

April 25-6, 2017, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

How does language shape our understanding of politics? How are we to conceptualize desire in relation to law and language? What collaborations can be established between politics, law and language?

This two-day conference will seek to engage with the idea of desire, as expressed through politics and the state on the one hand, and the idea of language on the other. Beginning with the Lacanian term Lalangue, we will seek to explore that which remains beyond representation. Themes include: minor literature as a form of resistance, desire as the driving force of capitalism, the language of the unconscious, the dream as constitutive of the ethico-political subject and the ‘mot d’ordre,’ as conceptualized by Deleuze and Guattari, in relation to politics and unconscious desire. Our keynote speakers will participate in both days of the conference, engaging with Lalangue and desire on the one hand, and politics and the state on the other.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jean-Claude Milner (Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the Université de Paris-VII),
  • Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc (Associate Professor at the University of Toulouse II le Mirail),
  • Véronique Voruz (University of Leicester),
  • Laurent de Sutter (Vrije Universiteit Brussel),
  • Elena Loizidou (Birkbeck), Ed Pluth (California State University),
  • Lucie Mercier (Kingston), Nathan Moore (Birkbeck),
  • James Martin (Goldsmiths),
  • Leticia Paes (Birkbeck),
  • Serene Richards (Birkbeck)

For more information visit the conference’s webpage.

Separate registration is required for each day of the conference