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Fabio Vighi

Professor Fabio Vighi

Professor of Italian and Critical Theory

School of Modern Languages

+44 29208 75605
66a Park Place, Room 2.05, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Available for postgraduate supervision


My research focuses on critical theory, continental philosophy, theoretical psychoanalysis and film, as reflected in my recent publications, including the following volumes: Unworkable: Delusions of an Imploding Civilization (SUNY Press, 2022); Crisi di valore: Lacan, Marx e il crepuscolo della societa' del lavoro (Mimesis, 2018); Critical Theory and the Crisis of Contemporary Capitalism (Bloomsbury, 2015; co-authored with Heiko Feldner), States of Crisis and Post-Capitalist Scenarios (Ashgate, 2014; co-edited with Heiko Feldner and Slavoj Žižek), Critical Theory and Film: Rethinking Ideology through Film Noir (Continuum, 2012), On Žižek's Dialectics: Surplus, Subtraction, Sublimation (Continuum, 2010).

My current research focuses on the ideology of 'emergency capitalism' in connection with the analysis of global challenges currently faced by the capitalist mode of production. Alongside ideology critique and political economy, I am interested in psychoanalytic theory (Freud and Lacan), Hegelian dialectics, and film. I am co-director of the 'Žižek Centre for Ideology Critique' and warmly welcome enquiries and proposals for postgraduate research on any of the above themes and disciplines.

























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Recent speaking engagements:

  • 31 May 2023: 'Inflation and the Controlled Demolition of Society', podcast interview at Sublation Media with Doug Lain.
  • 27 May 2023: 'Crisis Capitalism', keynote at International Congress of the Free Left, Vienna, 27-29 May 2023.
  • 25 March 2023: 'The political and economic case against the WEF', invited paper at The Left case against the World Economic Forum conference, London (panel with CJ Hopkins). 
  • 3 February 2023: 'Am Leben erhalten. Implodierender Kapitalismus und die Barbarei der Notlage' (in English with German simultaneous interpretation), invited public lecture organised by Linksbündig group, Volkshaus, Zurich.
  • 23 November 2022: 'Meta-emergenza e distruzione controllata di un mondo', invited paper at Poli-Covid-22: Salute, Società, e Scienza alla prova della Pandemia conference, Turin University (21-25 November 2022).
  • 22 June 2022: 'Capitalismo emergenziale: la vera crisi e le sue simulazioni', invited lecture at Il governo della pandemia summer school, Napoli, 20-23 June 2022.
  • 9 June 2022: Podcast interview at Italia che cambia channel.
  • 24 May 2022: Podcast interview at Persone da raccontare channel.
  • 1 May 2022: 'A cosa serve lo stato di emergenza?', invited talk at Il nostro primo maggio public event, Terni.
  • 11 April 2022: 'Macerie su macerie: iperrealtà', podcast interview at Radio Black Out.
  • 7 April 2022: Podcast interview and debate at Visione TV.
  • 6 April 2022: 'Lockdown per sempre', podcast interview at
  • 1 April 2022: 'A colloquio con Fabio Vighi', podcast interview at Il pensiero che c'è channel.
  • 25 March 2022: 'Seamless continuity editing in the emergency capitalist movie', podcast interview with Rusere Shoniwa at Holding the Line channel.
  • 4 March 2022: 'Pasolini 2022: Power, Otherness, and the Rise of Emergency Capitalism', keynote at One Hundred Years of Pasolini conference, California State University.
  • 2 March 2022: online webinar with Prof Ulrike Guerot at Spaesamento channel.
  • 16 Feb 2022: 'The Tyranny of Big Money', podcast interview for The Aubrey Marcus Podcast.
  • 13 Feb 2022: Podcast interview and debate at Come don Chisciotte channel.
  • 4 Feb 2022: TNT Radio podcast interviews (regular guest on fortnightly/monthly basis).
  • 25 Jan 2022: 'Was Covid a Cover up?' podcast interview with Ashely Frawley, Diet Soap Media.
  • 16 Jan 2022: Podcast interview at post-Orthodoxy channel.
  • 11 Jan 2022: 'Die öhonomische Logik hinter Covid-19', podcast interview with Markus Antler at
  • 14 Dec 2021: 'Monetary Long Covid', podcast interview with Geoff Shullenberger at Outsider Theory.
  • 12 Dec 2021: 'A krízis, pánik és örök félelem kora', podcast interview at Szkeptikuskerekasztal channel.
  • 15 Oct 2021: 'Capital, control, and the political economy of Covid', podcast interview with Max Blumenthal’s Rokfin channel.
  • 7 Oct 2021: 'The unspoken truth behind the Covid crisis', podcast interview and debate at Resistance TV.
  • 30 Sept 2021: 'Which Covid discourse? Lacan, Emergency Capitalism, and Successful Paranoia', at Lacan in Scotland seminar. 
  • 13 Sept 2021: 'The political economy of Covid', podcast interview and debate at Black Power Media channel.
  • 25 Aug 2021: 'Systemic Collapse and Pandemic Simulation', podcast interview at The Crossroads channel.
  • 19 Dec 2020: 'Jean Baudrillard and the Ideology of Simulation', invited paper at Controversy and Construction of Contemporary Aesthetics Symposium, Zhejiang University.
  • 7 June 2020: 'Critique of Surplus-Value', podcast interview at Todd McGowan's channel.
  • 18 February 2020: 'Da plusvalore a plusgodere', invited talk for seminar series Al di là del principio di piacere. Politica, economia e clinica del godimento, Università La Sapienza, Roma.
  • 28 Oct 2019: 'Capitalism without Labour. Hegel, Marx and the Vanishing Dialectic of Capital', invited lecture at University of Vermont, Burlington.
  • 4 Mar 2019: 'L'estraneità: cinema e psicoanalisi', talk organised by Jonas Onlus Monza, Capital Cinema, Monza, Italy.
  • 28 Nov 2018: 'Critical Theory and the Movies', invited lecture at John Felice Rome Centre, Loyola University Chicago.
  • 12 June 2018: 'The value of Marx, 200 years after his birth', at National Assembly for Wales, organised by Gorwel Think-Tank.
  • 26 May 2018: 'Da movimento a istituzione', at Periferie dell'inconscio e legami sociali conference, 24-26 May, Florence.
  • 10 May 2018: 'Technological rationality and socio-economic crisis: determinism or dialectics?', at 11th International Critical Theory conference, John Felice Center of Loyola University Chicago, Rome, 10-12 May.
  • 23 Nov 2017: 'The Feminine Gaze in Michelangelo Antonioni's Cinema', at Chapter Arts Centre, Antonioni Day, Italian Film Festival Cardiff 2017, Cardiff.
  • 6 Oct 2017: 'Psicoanalisi e Istituzioni', at Jonas Centre (Psychoanalytic Clinic for New Symptoms), Milan.
  • 14-15 July 2017: 'Capitalism Forever! A Socio-Analytical Perspective on the 2008 Crisis and its Aftermath', at 6th International Marxist Aesthetics Forum, Cardiff University (with Heiko Feldner).
  • 25-26 Oct 2016: ‘Utopia in a time of crisis: the perverse core of Homo Economicus' at Practicing Utopia in the Intercultural Present conference, Università Statale di Milano, Milan.
  • 23-25 Sept 2016: ‘The finitude of capitalism and the perverse charm of utopian denial’, at 5th International Marxist Aesthetics Forum, Zhejiang University (with Heiko Feldner).
  • 26 Sept 2016: ‘The Great Denial: Finitude of Capitalism and the Necessity of Work', public lecture, ‘School of Media and Communication’, Zhejiang University (with Heiko Feldner).
  • 1-2 June 2016: ‘Crisis: as it happened’ at Thinking of(f) Crisis conference, University of Ljubljana (with Heiko Feldner).
  • 22-23 Apr 2016: ‘The Great Denial’, at Psychoanalysis and Freedom conference, Colorado Springs (with Heiko Feldner).
  • 7 Apr 2016: ‘'C'è un vuoto nel cosmo': Pasolini tra Adorno e Lacan’; public lecture, Universita' Statale di Milano, Milan.
  • 15 Mar 2016: ‘Pasolini as a critic of modernity’; public talk, Sussex University.
  • 9 Mar 2016: ‘Critical Theory and the Crisis of Contemporary Capitalism’, seminar, Cardiff University (with Heiko Feldner).
  • 27-28 Oct 2015: ‘Pasolini e la crisi della modernità’, at Senza Pasolini conference, Universita' di Messina, Italy.
  • 5-6 June 2015: ‘Enjoy your commitment: reading impegno between the lines’, at What Commitment? Reshaping Impegno in Contemporary Italy conference, University of Kent.
  • 8 Apr 2015: ‘Discorso del capitalista e plusgodere’; public talk and debate with Italian psychoanalyst Massimo Recalcati, Università di Padova, Padua.
  • 19 Mar 2015: ‘Zizek and exclusion’, at Zizek, exclusion, migration workshop, Brunel University.
  • 20-22 Nov 2014: ‘Digging its own grave: Marx, Lacan and the exhaustion of the capitalist drive’, at Karl Marx and Crisis conference, Universita' La Sapienza, Rome.
  • 13 Nov 2014: ‘Lacan and discourse theory’; seminar, Cardiff University, Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory.


Modules and subjects routinely taught (UG and PGT):

  • European cinema
  • Italian cinema
  • Psychoanalytic theory
  • Postwar Italian culture & society
  • Adaptations from literature to film
  • Ideology critique
  • Critiques of capitalist globalisation
  • Psychoanalysis & translation


I came to Cardiff University in September 2000 from the University of Portsmouth, where I was lecturer in Italian Studies. I obtained my PhD at Reading University in 1999. I graduated at the University of Bologna (Italy) in 1994.


I am interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • Critical theory (esp. Frankfurt School)
  • Continental philosophy
  • Marxism and post-Marxism
  • Psychoanalysis (esp. Lacan)
  • Critiques of contemporary capitalism (esp. value criticism) 
  • Film studies

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