Jason Barker

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Jason Barker

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,[1] and visiting professor at the European Graduate School,[2] where he teaches in the Faculty of Media and Communication alongside Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, Jacques Rancière, Avital Ronell, Slavoj Žižek, and others.[3]

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.[4] Writing in both the English and French languages, Barker has also contributed to debates in post-Marxism.[5]

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.[6]

Marx Returns[edit]

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,"[7] 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."[8]

Marx Reloaded[edit]

Barker is the writer, director and producer of the 2011 partly animated documentary film Marx Reloaded,[9] which considers the relevance of Karl Marx's ideas in the aftermath of the global economic and financial crisis of 2008—09.[10] 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.

The London Evening Standard cited the film alongside the 2012 re-edition of the Communist Manifesto and Owen Jones' best-selling book Chavs as evidence of a resurgence of left-wing ideas.[11]

British philosopher Simon Critchley has described Marx Reloaded as "a great introduction to Marx for a new generation",[12] while German political scientist Herfried Münkler has called it "the type of film that Marx himself would have approved of".[2]

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