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Professor Fabio Vighi

Professor Fabio Vighi

Professor of Italian and Critical Theory

School of Modern Languages

Email
vighif@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5605
Campuses
2.05, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS

My research focuses on critical theory, theoretical psychoanalysis and film, as reflected in my recent publications, including the following volumes: Crisi di valore: Lacan, Marx e il crepuscolo della societa' del lavoro (Mimesis, 2018); Critical Theory and the Crisis of Contemporary Capitalism (Bloomsbury, 2015; co-authored with Heiko Feldner), States of Crisis and Post-Capitalist Scenarios (Ashgate, 2014; co-edited with Heiko Feldner and Slavoj Žižek), Critical Theory and Film: Rethinking Ideology through Film Noir (Continuum, 2012), On Žižek's Dialectics: Surplus, Subtraction, Sublimation (Continuum, 2010).

My current research projects tackle capitalist crisis from a psychoanalytic perspective, focusing on Jacques Lacan's notion of discourse as social bond. I link this to the analysis of the global challenges currently faced by the capitalist mode of production and social reproduction. Alongside psychoanalysis, I am interested in Hegelian dialectics as a mode of thinking crisis; film as a prominent form of dialectical thinking; and ideology critique as a way to address unconscious or disavowed attachments to social formations. I am co-director of the 'Žižek Centre for Ideology Critique' and warmly welcome enquiries and proposals for postgraduate research on any of the above themes and disciplines

Recent speaking engagements:

28 October 2019: 'Capitalism without Labour. Hegel, Marx and the Vanishing Dialectic of Capital', invited lecture at University of Vermont, Burlington, USA. 

4 March 2019: 'L'estraneita': cinema e psicoanalisi', organised by Jonas Onlus Monza, Capital Cinema, Monza, Italy.

28 November 2018: 'Critical Theory and the Movies', invited lecture at John Felice Rome Centre, Loyola University Chicago.

12 June 2018: 'The value of Marx, 200 years after his birth', at National Assembly for Wales (organised by "Gorwel" Think-Tank).

26 May 2018: 'Da movimento a istituzione', at XVI Jonas Seminar 'Periferie dell'inconscio e legami sociali', 24-26 May, Florence, Italy.

10 May 2018: 'Technological rationality and socio-economic crisis: determinism or dialectics?', at 11th International Critical Theory conference in Rome (John Felice Center of Loyola University Chicago, 10-12 May).

23 November 2017: 'The Feminine Gaze in Michelangelo Antonioni's Cinema', at Chapter Arts Centre, Antonioni Day, Italian Film Festival Cardiff 2017, Cardiff.

6 October 2017: 'Psicoanalisi e Istituzioni', at Jonas Centre (Psychoanalytic Clinic for New Symptoms), Milan, Italy.

14-15 July 2017: 'Capitalism Forever! A Socio-Analytical Perspective on the 2008 Crisis and its Aftermath', at 6th International Marxist Aesthetics Forum, Cardiff University (with Heiko Feldner) 

25-26 October 2016: ‘Utopia in a time of crisis: the perverse core of Homo Economicus' at Practicing Utopia in the Intercultural Present conference, Università Statale di Milano, Italy.

23-25 September 2016: ‘The finitude of capitalism and the perverse charm of utopian denial’, at 5th International Marxist Aesthetics Forum, Zhejiang University, China (with Heiko Feldner). 

26 September 2016: ‘The Great Denial: Finitude of Capitalism and the Necessity of Work', public lecture, ‘School of Media and Communication’, Zhejiang University, China (with Heiko Feldner).

1-2 June 2016: ‘Crisis: as it happened’ at Thinking of(f) Crisis conference, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (with Heiko Feldner).

22-23 April 2016: ‘The Great Denial’, at Psychoanalysis and Freedom conference, Colorado Springs, USA (with Heiko Feldner).

7 April 2016: ‘'C'è un vuoto nel cosmo': Pasolini tra Adorno e Lacan’; public lecture, Universita' Statale di Milano, Italy.

15 March 2016: ‘Pasolini as a critic of modernity’; public talk, Sussex University. 

9 March 2016: ‘Critical Theory and the Crisis of Contemporary Capitalism’, seminar, Cardiff University (with Heiko Feldner). 

27-28 October 2015: ‘Pasolini e la crisi della modernità’, at Senza Pasolini conference, Universita' di Messina, Italy. 

5-6 June 2015: ‘Enjoy your commitment: reading impegno between the lines’, at What Commitment? Reshaping Impegno in Contemporary Italy conference, University of Kent. 

8 April 2015: ‘Discorso del capitalista e plusgodere’; public talk and debate with Italian psychoanalyst Massimo Recalcati, Università di Padova, Italy. 

19 March 2015: ‘Zizek and exclusion’, at Zizek, exclusion, migration workshop, Brunel University. 

20-22 November 2014: ‘Digging its own grave: Marx, Lacan and the exhaustion of the capitalist drive’, at Karl Marx and Crisis conference, Universita' La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. 

13 November 2014: ‘Lacan and discourse theory’; seminar, Cardiff University, Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory.

I came to Cardiff in 2000 from the University of Portsmouth, where I was lecturer in Italian Studies. I obtained my PhD from Reading University in 1999.

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Topics routinely taught

  • Borders and Identities in Post-War European Cinema
  • Italian Cinema
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini and postwar Italian culture
  • Adaptations from Literature to Film
  • Postwar Italian history
  • European Cinema (postgraduate)
  • Adaptation Theory (postgraduate)
  • Ideology Critique (postgraduate)
  • Critiques of Capitalist Globalisation (postgraduate)
  • Psychoanalysis & Translation (postgraduate)

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