European Graduate School Video Lectures| Jean Baudrillard – Violence of the Image (2004)

Published on 20 okt. 2015

Jean Baudrillard thinking and talking about the violence of the image, the violence to the image, aggression, oppression, transgression, regression, effects and causes of violence, violence of the virtual, 3D, virtual reality, transparency, psychological and imaginary. Open Lecture given by Jean Baudrillard after his seminar for the students at the European Graduate School, EGS Media and Communication Program Studies Department, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, EUrope, in 2004. He was expected to teach another seminar in April 2007, in Paris.

Jean Baudrillard was born to a peasant family in Reims, north eastern France, on July 29, 1929. He became the first of his family to attend university when he moved to the Sorbonne University in Paris. There he studied German language, which led to him to begin teaching the subject at a provincial lycée, where he remained from 1958 until his departure in 1966. While he was teaching Baudrillard began to publish reviews of literature, and translated the works of such authors as Peter Weiss, Bertolt Brecht and Wilhelm Muhlmann.

Toward the end of his time as a German teacher Baudrillard began to transfer to sociology, eventually completing his doctoral thesis Le Système des objets (The System of Objects) under the tutelage of Henri Lefebvre. Subsequently, he began teaching the subject at the Université de Paris X Nanterre, a politically radical institution (at the time) which would become heavily involved in the events of May 1968. At Nanterre he took up a position as Maître Assistant (Assistant Professor), then Maître de Conférences (Associate Professor), eventually becoming a professor after completing his habilitation, L’Autre par lui-même (The Other, by himself).

In 1986 he moved to IRIS (Institut de Recherche et d’Information Socio Économique) at the Université de Paris IX Dauphine, where he spent the latter part of his teaching career. During this time he had begun to move away from sociology as a discipline (particularly in its “classical” form), and, after ceasing to teach full time, he rarely identified himself with any particular discipline, although he remained linked to the academic world. During the 1980’s and 1990’s his books had gained a wide audience, and in his last years he became, to an extent, an intellectual celebrity, being published frequently in the French and English speaking popular press. He nonetheless continued supporting the Institut de Recherche sur l‘Innovation Sociale at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and was Satrap at the Collège de Pataphysique. He also collaborated at the Canadian philosophical review theory, where he was abundantly cited. He died of illness on March 6, 2007 at the age of 77.


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