July 29, 2017 @ 1:30 pm: Special VISR Event: Jerry Zaslove “Identification with the Adversary? Some Theses on Trump”

The Vancouver Institute for Social Research (VISR) is delighted to announce a special lecture with Dr. Jerald Zaslove. The title of his lecture will be “Identification with the Adversary? Some Theses on Trump.” Here is Dr. Zaslove’s abstract:

Thomas Mann in his exile from Germany in the late Thirties wrote an essay “Hitler My Brother”. In it he raised the spectre of his (and our?) identification with the adversary.

What can psychoanalysis teach us about populist-Trumpism and our identification with the “adversary” as a phenomenon of dictatorships and the popular will?

What can Trumpism teach us about historical judgement in regard to a system in which less than 50% vote for a “Leader”?

I will present several ideas from Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of
Violence” essay and the idea that “natural law” resides in the People?

Dr. Jerry Zaslove holds the titles of Professor Emeritus, Humanities and English, and Director Emeritus, Institute for the Humanities, at Simon Fraser University, where he has mentored several generations of scholars.

The Vancouver Institute for Social Research (VISR) is a critical theory free school that has been run out of the Or Gallery (555 Hamilton Street) since 2013.

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