Text full multimedia monochrome

First time here?

Find out more about how The Lecture List works.

Coronavirus situation update

Our lecture organisers may or may not have had time to update their events with cancellation notices. Clearly social gatherings are to be avoided and that includes lectures. STAY AT HOME FOLKS, PLEASE.


Find out what you can do to keep The Lecture List online

Embedded in Ideology: The Case of Cinema

This Masterclass is taking place every afternoon for one week - 18th - 22nd Feb dealing with the question - What is ideology?

When we are dealing with a problem which is undoubtedly a real one, its ideological designation-perception introduces an invisible mystification. For example, tolerance designates a real problem – how can one be for intolerance towards foreigners, for antifeminism, for homophobia? But what should be against is the (today's automatic) perception of racism as a problem of tolerance: why are so many problems today perceived as problems of intolerance, rather than as problems of inequality, exploitation, or injustice? Why is the proposed remedy tolerance, rather than emancipation, political struggle, even armed struggle? Such mystification is not a matter of sophisticated argumentation: it is part of our spontaneous everyday understanding of ideology – like the journalists who report embedded with the US forces in Iraq, we are all embedded in ideology. Since one of the privileged mechanisms which (re)produce this everyday ideology is cinema, the course will focus on the analysis of today’s cinema – not only Hollywood and not only popular cinema: from 300 to The Hero, from Da Vinci Code to Perfume, from The Fall of Berlin to Sacrifice, from United 93 to World Trade Center, from Taxi Driver to The Fugitive – The class will have 5 sessions: four lectures and a general debate.

1. The basic Hollywood matrix: creating a couple
2. Violence as ideology
3. Subtraction in cinema
4. An excursion into opera: Wagner and ideology

Slavoj Zizek: IN DEFENSE OF THE LOST CAUSES, Verso Books 2008


Professor Slavoj Zizek | talks | www


Date and Time:

18 February 2008 at 2:30 pm


2 hours



Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
020 3073 8363

More at Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities...



£35 or £15 students

Available from:


Additional Information:

This is a Masterclass taking place every afternoon at 2.30 - 18th Feb - 22nd Feb. The cost covers all the days.

Register to tell a friend about this lecture.


If you would like to comment about this lecture, please register here.


Any ad revenue is entirely reinvested into the Lecture List's operating fund