The Immanence of Truths: Graduate Workshops with Alain Badiou

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  2:00pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Registration required


This event was organized by the members of Columbia University’s graduate student committee, including Jana Berankova, Nick Croggnon, Oskar Arnorsson, Ashraf Sami Abdalla, and Isobel Plowright.

This graduate student workshop at Columbia University celebrates the publication of Alain Badiou’s major new work, The Immanence of Truths [L’Immanence des vérités (Paris: Fayard, 2018)], offering a unique, early glimpse of the work to an English-speaking audience. The workshop will include short introductory talks discussing different aspects of the book, which will be given by Jelica Sumic Riha, Norman Madarasz, Kenneth Reinhard, and Jana Ndiaye Berankova. Introductory remarks will be followed by a discussion with students based on primary texts and excerpts from the unpublished translation of The Immanence of Truths.


Alain Badiou (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)

Jelica Sumic Riha (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, ZRC SAZU)

Kenneth Reinhard (UCLA)

Norman Madarasz (PUCRS)

Jana Ndiaye Berankova (Columbia University)

The event will also include a presentation of Alain Badiou’s book, Sometimes, We Are Eternal (Lyon: Suture Press, 2019).

Application Instructions:

Please send your name, departmental affiliation, and a brief description of your research interests and particular interest in Alain Badiou’s work. In addition, please state your language proficiency (note: though the workshops will be conducted in English, proficiency in French is preferred).

Please send applications to [email protected] by no later than October 20th, 2019.

Selected participants will be notified by November 5th, 2019.

Readings will be sent to selected participants via e-mail.


Recommended readings:

Alain Badiou, Being and Event, transl. by Oliver Feltham; (New York: Continuum, 2005)

Alain Badiou, Conditions, transl. by Steve Corcoran; (New York: Continuum, 2009)

Alain Badiou, Logics of Worlds: Being and Event, Volume II, transl. by Alberto Toscano; (New York: Continuum, 2009)

Alain Badiou, L’Immanence des vérités; (Paris: Fayard, 2018)

Introductory readings:

Alain Badiou, Manifesto for Philosophy, transl. by Norman Madarasz; (Albany: SUNY Press, 1999)

Alain Badiou, Second Manifesto for Philosophy, transl. by Louise Burchill (New York: Polity Press, 2011)

Recommended viewing:

Video recordings from two major Paris conferences on Badiou’s new book The Immanence of Truths (in French only)

Co-Sponsors: Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; The Heyman Center for the Humanities; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture; Columbia Maison Française; Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; The Harriman Institute


Alain Badiou is a French philosopher and playwright. He is a professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Philosophy of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and one of the founding members of the Faculty of philosophy of the Université Paris VIII. His major works include the two volumes of Being and Event and Being and Event II: Logics of Worlds. His philosophical oeuvre connects continental and analytical philosophical traditions along with his reflections on set theory and contemporary mathematics. The third volume of Being and Event is to be published in 2017/18 under the title The Immanence of Truths.

Kenneth Reinhard is Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA. He is the author, with Slavoj Žižek and Eric Santner of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (U. of Chicago Press, 2005), and with Julia Reinhard Lupton, of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell UP, 1993), as well as articles on Freud, Lacan, Levinas, Henry James, Jewish Studies, and the Bible. In 2004 he founded the University of California Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory. Together with Susan Spitzer, he is currently working on the translation of Alain Badiou’s seminars and his forthcoming book Immanence of Truths.

Jelica Sumic Riha is a philosopher, political theorist and translator associated with the Ljubljana School of Psychoanalysis. She is a research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts. Along with her husband, philosopher Rado Riha, she is a founder of the French/English philosophy journal Filozofski Vestnik publishing contributions by scholars such as Jacques Rancière, Alain Badiou, Giorgio Agamben and a younger generation of continental philosophers. Along with Michel Deguy, she co-authored the book (in French): Singularité dans la psychanalyse, singularité de la psychanalyse and she has published a number of books in Slovenian (e.g., Totemic Masks of Democracy and Authority and Argumentation).

Norman Madarasz is a professor in the Philosophy and Literature programs of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, holding the research chair in contemporary French philosophy and literature. He is the author in Portuguese of The Multiple without (the) One, Structuralist Realism, Obstructions to Justice and the Portuguese-French bilingual Derrida aima les femmes… sur l’oubli de Simone de Beauvoir. He is an editor of Brazilian philosophy journal Veritas and a translator of Alain Badiou’s books Briefings on Existence: A Short Treatise on Transitory Ontology, and Manifesto for Philosophy. He has most recently published a collection of translated essays and conferences by Badiou in Portuguese, Copy Left: Badiou sobre seu sistema. 

Jana Ndiaye Berankova is a PhD Student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP.) She received a graduate diploma from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and an M.A. at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Her research interests include the links between continental philosophy and architecture theory, social movements of 1968, and Central European architecture. She is active as a writer and critic. Along with the artist Cheikh Ndiaye, she founded the non-profit publishing house Suture Press.

Suture Press is a publishing house promoting contemporary philosophy and conceiving of books not only as information mediums but also as places and mnemotechnic tools. Suture Press focuses on well-designed books connecting heterogeneous elements: continental philosophy, the theory of architecture, contemporary art, and Africa conceived as a paradigm of the future world


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