Jacques Rancière

for coming to Crossroads 2012!

Jacques Rancière is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Paris-VIII University. He has written extensively on emancipation, the politics of aesthetics or democracy. His most famous books include The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation (1987), Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics (1995), Hatred of Democracy (2005), or The Emancipated Spectator(2008). Blurring the lines between disciplines, his work has crossed the path of fields as diverse as political philosophy, pedagogy, film studies, epistemology or visual studies. At the heart of his theory of emancipation lies the premise of “the equality of intelligence”, in this plenary talk he will address the importance of the "method of equality" for the field of Cultural Studies.