RAM Talk: Dépense, Luxe and Existence Itself
Jan 4, 2019 Friday 19:00 - 20:30
Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
Maximum effort, minimum result. ---Francis Alÿs’ motto for When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002
Under the social context nowadays where we are pursuing rationality, high-efficiency, abundance and prosperity, the concept of “dépense” proposed by Georges Bataille seems quite unique. Then what does it mean? What does this notion imply? How it is constructed within Bataille’s system? And will this “non-productive consumption” make our livelihood unsustainable?
We are honored to invite to this talk Yang Wei, Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Second Military Medical University, who will share how Bataille defines and distinguishes the productive consumption from a non-productive one in human activities from the perspectives of philosophy and anthropology. He will also talk about how this way of thinking may inspire our re-examination in the significance of things and the existence of human beings in today’s China.
Yang Wei, Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Second Military Medical University, and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from PLA Nanjing Political College (1999-2006) and PhD from School of Philosophy, Fudan University (2009-2012). He was a visiting scholar at the Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University (2013-2014). He has published more than 40 papers in journals such as Philosophical Trends, Marxism and Reality and Studies in Ideological Education. He now serves as the Director of the Shanghai Society of Philosophy, and is a member of the Institute of the Contemporary Studies on Marxism Abroad in China.
Free admission, reservation is required.