VUB Chair 2013-2014: Chantal Mouffe

In the Spring of 2014, Prof. dr. Chantal Mouffe takes up the VUB Teaching Chair at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Chantal Mouffe is renowned for her groundbreaking work in political theory. Together with Ernesto Laclau she contributed to the development of the so-called Essex School of discourse analysis, a post-Marxist political inquiry and methodology drawing on Gramsci, post-structuralism and theories of identity, aiming to redefine Left politics in terms of radical democracy.

Educated at the universities of Louvain, Paris, and Essex, Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster. She has taught at many universities in Europe, North America and Latin America, and has held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

Prof. Mouffe is the editor of Gramsci and Marxist Theory (1979), Dimensions of Radical Democracy (1992), Deconstruction and Pragmatism (1996), and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt (1999); co-author (with Ernesto Laclau) of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (1985); and author of The Return of the Political (1993), The Democratic Paradox (2000), and On the Political (2005)..


Organizing committee: E. Acosta, J. Bauwens, Y. Van Den Eede, K. Verstrynge

Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Centre for Ethics and Humanism, Vrije Universiteit Brussel