Lecture: “Tyranny of Choice: How We Become Who We Are”, 2/19

02.11.08

The Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University cordially invites you to a lecture:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

 Renata Salecl

 “Tyranny of Choice: How We Become Who We Are” 

Renata Salecl is a Slovenian philosopher and sociologist. She works as a Senior Researcher in the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is also Centennial Professor, Department of law, London School of Economics and Visiting Professor, Cardozo School of Law, New York City. In her work she uses the framework of psychoanalysis to analyze current social and cultural phenomena. Her books include The Spoils of Freedom (Psychoanalysis and Feminism after the Fall of Socialism), (Per)versions of Love and Hate; and On Anxiety. She was co-editor with Slavoj Zizek of Gaze and Voice as Love Objects. , ; and . She was co-editor with Slavoj Zizek of .

Salecl will discuss her book in progress – Tyranny of Choice – an analysis into why late capitalist insistence on choice increases feelings of anxiety and guilt. – an analysis into why late capitalist insistence on choice increases feelings of anxiety and guilt.

“In the Western world,” Salecl writes, “people are not only under the impression that there are endless possibilities to find fulfillment in life, but they are also encouraged to be some kind of self-creators, i.e., they are supposedly free to choose what they want to be. In this highly individualized society, which allegedly gives priority to the individual’s freedoms over submission to group causes, people, however, face an important anxiety provoking dilemma, “Who Am I for Myself?”

Free and open to the public ¯– Reception to follow

6:00 PM

Boston University

School of Management

595 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th floor