Upcoming Event|Conspiracy Theories: The Neurosis of Our Time

Beijing Conversations



Conspiracy Theories: The Neurosis of Our Time


Opening speaker: Alenka Suhadolnik

Keynote speaker: Alenka Zupančič

Guest speaker: Zhao Jinghua

Moderator: Carol Yinghua Lu

5:30-7:30pm, December 9, 2022 (UTC/GMT +8.00)


Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum is honored to be partnering with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Beijing in organizing the “Beijing Conversations” series. Starting on December 9, 2022, we will invite 20 distinguished theorists, philosophers, artists, architects, curators, museum directors and historians from Slovenia and China to share their recent academic or artistic practices and engage in one-on-one in-depth conversations. Each invited speaker will present the issues and discoveries they have made in their respective academic or artistic careers from specific cultural and social contexts and will connect and debate through ideas and art during these dialogues.


The two distinctive speakers who will open this series of significant conversations are Slovenian philosopher and social theorist Professor Alenka Zupančič and Professor Zhao Jinghua of Beijing International Studies University Institute. In this first “academic meeting” between the two scholars, Professor Zupančič will deliver a keynote lecture entitled “On Conspiracy Theory”, and Professor Zhao Jinghua will comment on Professor Zupančič’s keynote lecture and engage in a conversation with her.


The lecture will be held both online and offline. A limited number of seats are open for reservation. Please register with real names and detailed information.


Mode of participation



1. Scan the QR code above to register for the day’s activities, the registration period is 2022.12.07 14:00-2022.12.08 17:30.


2. ThislecturewillbeinChinese-Englis. 10 places are open to the public until they are filled, and admission with a valid ticket QR code.


3.3. Please kindly be advised that all external Visitors require a 24 Hour Health Code to access the Embassy of Slovenia.


4. The event will be recorded and might be used for future promotion.




Ambassador Alenka Suhadolnik


H.E. Alenka Suhadolnik is the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the People’s Republic of China since 2019.


After receiving her Master in Economics, Ms. Suhadolnik joined the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she held a number of executive posts, including Director General for Economic and Public Diplomacy. Ms. Suhadolnik also served as Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia in New York (2004–2008), and as Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the State of Israel .


Ms Suhadolnik played an important role in developing several Slovenian international development cooperation institutions. She also served as a member of International Trade Promotion Commission, SID Bank – Slovenian Export and Development Bank 9).


Photographers: Hodalič & Bidovec

Alenka Zupančič


Alenka Zupančič (b.1966) graduated in philosophy from the University of Ljubljana in 1989 and received her doctoral degree there in 1996. She also received a PhD from Université Paris VIII. She is professor at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU, researcher councillor at the Institute of Philosophy at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and professor at The European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland.


Together with Slavoj Žižek and Mladen Dolar, Zupančič is one of the most prominent members of the “Ljubljana school of psychoanalysis.” She is a Lacanian philosopher and a social theorist. She is also a renowned Nietzsche scholar.


Important themes in Zupančič’s work include relations between sexuality, ontology, and the unconscious; critique of the theory of subject; and the theoretical exploration of the Lacanian concept of the Real. Zupančič is co-editor of the MIT Press book series “Short circuits” and of a Slovene book series “Analecta”, and editor in chief of the bi-monthly periodical of psychoanalytic theory, philosophy, and cultural studies “Problemi”. Since the early nineties, Zupančič has continuously published her texts in numerous psychoanalytic and philosophical anthologies and academic journals, including Filozofski vestnik, New Formations, Angelaki, South Atlantic Quarterly, The American Journal of Semiology,Problemi,Umbr(a),Lacanian Ink, Identiteti, Parallax, and others.


Zupančič’s most known books include Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan (Verso 2000). The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Two (MIT Press 2002), The Odd One In: On Comedy (MIT Press 2008) and What is Sex? (MIT Press 2017).


Her recently selected invited lectures include “Dead Ends”, The Gauss Seminars in Criticism, Princeton University, April 2022, “Antigone”, RITCS School of Arts, Brussels, Belgium, January 2020, “Stand Up for Comedy”, Freud Museum, London, UK, May 2019, “After the End of Art: Hegel with Francis Bacon”, Yale University, USA, March 2019, “Love thy neighbor as you love thyself?”, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, November 2018 and “To Infinity and Beyond”, Forum for European Philosophy, London School for Economics and Political Science, London, UK, March 2017.


Zhao Jinghua


PhD in Sociology from Japan National Hitotsubashi University. Currently he is a professor at Beijing International Studies University and doctoral supervisor at the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Since 2004, he has served as a visiting researcher and visiting professor at Saitama University, Aichi University and the University of Tokyo in Japan. His books include Post-modern and the Intellectual Left Wing in Japan, Thoughts between China and Japan, the Rebirth of Lu Xun in Japan and Thoughts Building the Future. He is the chief curator of the series “20th Century Japanese Thoughts” of SDX Joint Publishing Company.




Carol Yinghua LU


Carol Yinghua LU is an art historian and a curator. She received her Phd degree in art history from the University of Melbourne in 2020. She is the director of Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum. She was the artistic director and senior curator of OCAT, Shenzhen (2012-2015), guest curator at Museion, Bolzano (2013) and the China researcher for Asia Art Archive (2005-2007). She was a recipient of the ARIAH (Association of Research Institute in Art History) East Asia Fellowship (2017), Yishu Awards for Critical Writing and Curating on Contemporary Chinese Art (2016) and visiting fellow in the Asia-Pacific Fellowship Program at the Tate Research Centre (2013). She was the co-artistic director of Gwangju Biennale and the Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012).

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