New Times of Ignorance – Renata Salecl

Renata Salecl has been employed at the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana since 1986. First she was junior researcher and in 2005 she became Full professor.
In 1994 she published her first book in English with Routledge. The title of the book is »The Spoils of Freedom«.” In 1998, she published a book “(Per)versions of Love and Hate” at Verso in London. This book was later translated into Russian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Korean and Polish language. In 2004, she published the book “On Anxiety” (London, Routledge), which has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German and Slovene language. In 2010, she published her book »Choice« (London, Profile Books), which got reviews in major UK newspapers and is already translated into 15 languages.
In 2012, she also became full professor at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London (0.2 appointment). The last 20 years, she had extensive international collaboration. In 1997, she became a fellow at the prestigious Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. She has been visiting professor at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Humboldt University in Berlin, George Washington University, Washington DC, Duke University.
In 1999, she became associated with the London School of Economics and got the title Centennial Professor.
She is also recurring visiting professor at Cardozo School of Law, New York and Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London.
Since 2016, she is Adjunct Visiting Professor at Southern Cross University in Australia.
In the last 10 years, she had more than 500 public lectures at international universities. In 2002, she was awarded Zois award to exceptional scientific work and in 2010 she got the title »Slovenian woman scientist of the year«. In 2013 she delivered a TED Global talk on her work on choice.
She has been principal investigator of more than 10 large research projects at the Institute of Criminology and a partner in EU funded Framework 6 project BIONET.
She has collaborated with numerous art projects. In particular with the choreographer Mateja Bucar and with Moderna Galerija Ljubljana. She has also written catalogue texts for artists, among them: Anthony Gormley, Sarah Sze and Vadim Fishkin.

Concept of ‘arms length’ in the development of public culture // Asu Aksoy

In this talk one of the key concepts in arts management, especially in Northern European countries, the concept of ‘arms length’, will be discussed; its development as part of the modernity paradigm will be mentioned and how it is crucial to protect this principle is of utmost importance for the preservation and enlargement of public culture.
Asu Aksoy is a senior lecturer at Arts and Cultural Management Department at İstanbul Bilgi University. As the head of the Department, Professor Aksoy supervises dissertations on arts management and arts and cultural policy issues. She leads research projects, the latest being a project, funded jointly by Katip Çelebi and Newton funds, on pluralizing cultural heritage narratives.

Keynote: Peter Klepec

The topic of “the new” is in modern philosophy always connected to the question of orientation in time/space. As soon as Descartes declared the need to ground metaphysics anew, he was faced with the question of orientation. The same problem is present in Kant, the philosopher of the Enlightenment: how can we orientate ourselves in thinking? How do we know that mankind does progress in history? Is there only one or many futures? Despite fierce critique of both Descartes and Kant, the same topics still persist in contemporary philosophy in the guise of questions of creativity, invention, and time. The future is radically disjunctive; it can go in many ways (Derrida: avenir/futur). It is in this context that we find the need to reinvent the public and the future (Deleuze’s peuple-à-venir, Derrida’s démocratie-à-venir, etc.)


Peter Klepec works as Senior Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Ljubljana, Slovenia. His main areas of research are French contemporary philosophy, German Idealism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, critique of ideology.