Dr John Lenarcic (RMIT School of Business IT and Logistics) will make a valiant attempt to tame some of the wild ideas of contemporary Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek.
Žižek is a bona fide celebrity academic with at least one pundit having pronounced him the "Elvis of Cultural Studies." He is Senior Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University and International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London.
Žižek’s often sold-out public lectures juggle diverse concepts that are often colliding with each in an eccentric verbal vortex of near impenetrability. His discourse is an esoteric blend of philosophical theory, global politics and current affairs, frequently depicted by examples obtained from American popular culture, such as “Kung Fu Panda.”
Wikipedia lists that Žižek has published over 75 books since 1972 (in English and Slovenian) which, along with his near constant stream of articles and interviews, make him one of the most prolific public intellectuals of our time.
Žižek’s latest work (one of three in 2017!) is Incontinence of the Void: Economico-Philosophical Spandrels (MIT Press) which examines sexuality, ontology, subjectivity and Marxian critiques of political economy through the lens of Lacanian psychoanalysis but always has digressions into such topics as the Internet of Things and Danish television.