Jason Barker is a British theorist of contemporary French philosophy, a film director, screenwriter and producer. He is a professor of cultural studies at Kyung Hee University in the Graduate School of British and American Language and Culture, and visiting professor at the European Graduate School, where he teaches in the Faculty of Media and Communication alongside Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, Jacques Rancière, Avital Ronell, Slavoj Žižek, and others.
Most notable for his translation and introductions to the philosophy of Alain Badiou, Barker draws on an eclectic range of influences including Neoplatonism, Lacanian psychoanalysis and Marxism. Writing in both the English and French languages, Barker has also contributed to debates in post-Marxism.
In an article published in The Guardian in February 2012, Barker criticised the selective interpretation of Karl Marx's writings by economists such as Nouriel Roubini when responding to the global recession. According to Barker such interpretations water down the revolutionary aspects of Marx's ideas and focus unduly on their reformist tendencies.
Barker is the author of Marx Returns. The story focuses on the life of Karl Marx and his struggle to write his major work on political economy, Capital. Philosopher Ray Brassier described it as "Curious, funny, perplexing, and irreverent," and according to Nina Power, reviewing the work in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Marx Returns is "an imaginative, uplifting, and sometimes disturbing alternative history."
Barker is the writer, director and producer of the 2011 partly animated documentary film Marx Reloaded, which considers the relevance of Karl Marx's ideas in the aftermath of the global economic and financial crisis of 2008—09. The film includes interviews with several distinguished philosophers including Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Nina Power, Jacques Rancière, John N. Gray, Alberto Toscano, Peter Sloterdijk and Slavoj Žižek.
British philosopher Simon Critchley has described Marx Reloaded as "a great introduction to Marx for a new generation", while German political scientist Herfried Münkler has called it "the type of film that Marx himself would have approved of".
- 맑스 재장전: 자본주의와 코뮤니즘에 관한 대담 / Marx Reloaded. Interviews on Capitalism and Communism, Seoul: Nanjang Publishing House, 2013. ISBN 9788994769134.
- Other Althussers. Special issue of diacritics, with G. M. Goshgarian (Vol. 43.2, 2015), ISSN 0300-7162.
- Marginal Thinking: A Forum on Louis Althusser, Los Angeles Review of Books, May 15, 2016 online.
- Alain Badiou, Metapolitics, trans. and with an introduction by Jason Barker, London: Verso Books, 2005, ISBN 9781844670352.
- "The Topology of Revolution" in Communication and Cognition (Vol. 36, no. 1/2, 2003), ISSN 0378-0880.
- "Principles of Equality: on Alain Badiou's Manifesto for Philosophy, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being, and Ethics. An Essay on the Understanding of Evil” in Historical Materialism (No. 12.1, 2004), ISSN 1465-4466.
- "Topography and Structure" in Polygraph (no. 17, 2005), ISSN 1533-9793.
- "Nous, Les Sans-Marxisme" in Gilles Grelet (ed.), Théorie-rébellion: Un Ultimatum, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2005, ISBN 2747592103.
- "Nothing Personal: From the State to the Master” in Prelom (no. 8, 2006), ISSN 1451-1304.
- "De L'État au Maître: Badiou et le post-marxisme” in Bruno Besana et Oliver Feltham (eds.) Ecrits Autour de la Pensée d’Alain Badiou, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2006, ISBN 9782296026858.
- “Wherefore Art Thou Philosophy? Badiou without Badiou” in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy (Vol. 8.1, 2012), ISSN 1832-9101.
- "Master Signifier: A Brief Genealogy of Lacano-Maoism" in Filozofia (Vol. 69, no. 9, 2014), ISSN 0046-385X.
- Marx Reloaded. A Film by Jason Barker. Germany / UK: 2010. Medea Film – Irene Höfer / Films Noirs / ZDF / Arte; 52 Minutes.
- See Barker, "Topography and Structure".
- See Barker, "De L'État au Maître: Badiou et le post-marxisme”.
- Karl Marx is never going to provide therapy for bankers at The Guardian
- Film review at Time Out
- Marx Reloaded official website
- "The Marx effect". The London Evening Standard. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
- "Marx Reloaded". Icarusfilms.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013.