Architecture and the Possibility
of Critical Theory

Keynote by Sven-Olov Wallenstein

Keynote cancelled

Architecture and the Possibility  of Critical Theory
Friday, 8  February 2013,

This lecture is part of the Architecture in Effect Symposium Rethinking the Social in Architecture. Due to illness the lecture was cancelled. The text, on which the lecture is based, can be send on request.

Sven-Olov Wallenstein

Sven-Olov Wallenstein is professor of Philosophy. His areas of research include aesthetic theory, with a particular focus on visual arts and architecture in modernism, German Idealism, phenomenology, critical theory, and modern philosophies of desire, power, and subjectivity. Works in progress include translations of Diderot's Salons and essays on art, Hegel's Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts, and Adorno's Negative Dialektik and Ästhetische Theorie. Forthcoming in 2013: Architecture, Critique, Ideology: Essays on Architecture and Theory; Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality (ed. with Jakpb Nilsson), and an anthology of essays on Heidegger's philosophy of language and poetry (ed. with Ola Nilsson).

Through 2012 he is part of the research project Making Sense of aisthesis: The Return of Sensibility, with an investigation of the genesis of aesthetics in the eighteenth century. From spring 2012, he is the leader of the research project Space, Power, Ideology.

Since 2001, he is editor-in-chief of Site Magazine.

Selected publications:

 Nihilism, Art, and Technology, diss. (Stockholm: Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, 2010). 2nd revised ed. Axl Books, 2011.

1930/31: Den svenska modernismen vid vägskälet / Swedish Modernism at the Crossroads / Der schwedische Modernismus am Scheideweg (Stockholm: Axl Books, 2009), with Helena Mattsson

Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009)

The Silences of Mies (Stockholm: Axl Books, 2008)

Essays, Lectures (Stockholm: Axl Books, 2007)

Den moderna arkitekturens filosofier (Gothenburg: Alfabeta, 2004)

Den sista bilden: Det moderna måleriets kriser och förvandlingar (Stockholm: Eriksson & Ronnefalk, 2002)

Bildstrider: Föreläsningar om estetisk teori (Gothenburg: Alfabeta, 2001)

Heideggers väg (Stockholm: Thales, 1999), with  Daniel Birnbaum