The Cutting Edge: Theory and the Avant-Garde in Ljubljana

Lecture | February 4 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Kaitlyn Tucker, Humanities Teaching Fellow, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This talk examines the historical relationship between the Ljubljana School and the avant-garde. Beginning in 1967 with Slavoj Zizek’s and Rastko Mocnik’s first forays into concrete poetry and concluding with the School’s involvement in the Neue Slowenische Kunst movement during the 1980s, the talk analyzes the Ljubljana School's engagement with avant-garde aesthetics, and ultimately argues that the School's form of theoretical discourse was itself an avant-garde practice.