Renata Salecl

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Renata Salecl
Renata Salecl, Subversive Film Festival, Zagreb.JPG
Renata Salecl at Subversive Festival, Zagreb.
Born 1962
Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia, Yugoslavia
Era 20th- / 21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Critical legal studies
Main interests Legal theory

Renata Salecl (born in 1962) is a Slovene philosopher, sociologist and legal theorist. She is a senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, and holds a professorship at Birkbeck College, University of London.[1] She has been a visiting professor at London School of Economics, lecturing on the topic of emotions and law. Every year she lectures for a couple of weeks at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York), on Psychoanalysis and Law.[2] She has also been teaching course on neuroscience and law.[3] In 2012 she was also attached as visiting professor at King's College London. Her books have been translated into ten languages.

Life and civic activism[edit]

She was married to the Slovenian Marxist-Lacanian philosopher Slavoj Žižek.[4] They have one son.

In the 1980s, she became associated with the intellectual circle known as the Ljubljana school of psychoanalysis, which combined the study of Lacanian psychoanalysis with the philosophic legacy of German idealism and critical theory. In the late 1980s, she became active in the left liberal opposition to the ruling Slovenian Communist regime.[5] In the first democratic elections in Slovenia in April 1990, she unsuccessfully ran for the Slovenian Parliament on the list of the Alliance of Socialist Youth of Slovenia - Liberal Party.[6] After 1990, she left party politics, but remained active in the public life, especially as a commentator.


She studied philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, graduating with a thesis on Foucault's theory of power under the supervision of the Marxist philosopher Božidar Debenjak. From 1986, she started working as a researcher at the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, In 1991, she obtained a PhD at the Department of Sociology at the University of Ljubljana under the supervision of Drago Braco Rotar. Her work focuses on bringing together law, criminology and psychoanalysis. She has worked on the theories of punishment, and on the analysis of the relation between late capitalist insistence on choice and the increased feelings of anxiety and guilt in post-modern subjects. The book also analyses how matters of choice apply to law and criminology.

Salecl is associated with the critical legal studies movement. She was Centennial Professor at the department of law at the London School of Economics (LSE) and is now visiting professor at the LSE's BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society, as well as visiting professor at the School of Law at the Birkbeck College in London.[1] She often teaches as Visiting Professor at Cardozo School of Law in New York. She has been fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin (1997/8), visiting professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, visiting humanities professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and visiting professor at Duke University.

She also writes columns in various European newspapers, including Delo (Ljubljana) and La Vanguardia (Barcelona).


  • In 2010, she was awarded the title of "Slovenian woman scientist of the year".[7] In December of the same year, she was a candidate for a "Slovenian person of the year" by the daily newspaper Delo.[8]
  • In 2011, she was named the most successful woman in Slovenia and got the title ONA 365 by the women magazine Ona (English: SHE magazine).[9]

Selected bibliography[edit]

In English[edit]

  • 2010 Choice, London - New York, Profile Books.
  • 2004 On Anxiety, London - New York, Routledge.
  • 2000 Sexuation (ed.), Durham - Duke University Press.
  • 1998 (Per)versions of Love and Hate, London - New York, Verso.
  • 1996 Gaze and Voice as Love Objects (co-ed.), Durham - Duke University Press.
  • 1994 The Spoils of Freedom: Psychoanalysis and Feminism after the Fall of Socialism, London - New York, Routledge.

In Slovene[edit]

  • 1993 Why Do We Love Power? Control, Ideology, and Ideological Phantasms, (Zakaj ubogamo oblast? Nadzorovanje, ideologija in ideološke fantazme).
  • 1991 Discipline as the Condition of Freedom (Disciplina kot pogoj svobode), Studentska organizacija Univerze v Ljubljani.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Biographical details, School of Law, Birkbeck College, 13 February 2013, Accessed: 2013-05-24. (Archived by WebCite® at )
  2. ^ Visiting international faculty, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Accessed: 2013-05-24. (Archived by WebCite® at )
  3. ^ Course Number 7338: Neuroscience and law, 15 January to 20 May 2013, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Accessed: 2013-05-24. (Archived by WebCite® at )
  4. ^ Zajc, Tjaša; Mekina, Borut (29 July 2010). "Dr. Renata Salecl, filozofinja in sociologinja" [Dr. Renata Salecl, philosopher and sociologist]. MLADINA. ISSN 1580-5352. 
  5. ^ About the Debate Club 89 (Debatni klub 89), quoting from Museum of Slovenian History ("Muzej novejše zgodovine Slovenije"), 2008, Ljubljana.
  6. ^ Announcing candidacy before 1990 elections
  7. ^ "Slovenska znanstvenica leta je Renata Salecl: Z analizo družbenih pojavov skuša razumeti sodobni svet" [Slovenian scientist Renata Salecl: Trying to understand the modern world by analyzing social phenomena]. MMC RTV Slovenija. 14 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Merljak, Sonja; Petek, Barbara; Orlić, Ante (16 December 2010). "RENATA SALECL: Glas razuma" [RENATA SALECL: voice of reason]. DELO (Work) (Delo, d.d.). 
  9. ^ Petek, Barbara; Orlić, Ante (07 March 2011). "ONA 365 je postala dr. Renata Salecl" [Dr. Salecl becomes SHE 365]. DELO (Work) (Ljubljana: Delo, d.d.). 

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