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Jernej Habjan

Dr. Jernej Habjan



Dr. Habjan is currently Research Fellow at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, ZRC SAZU Research Centre (Ljubljana). He was Postdoc at the Research Training Group from 2012 to 2014.

Abstract of the Research Project

World Literature as the Conjunction of Globalization and Literature. The Case of the Parisian Topos of Uncles and Nephews

I use Paris—Benjamin's and Harvey's capital of modernity, and Casanova's and Moretti's center of world literature—as a viewpoint from which a body of texts can be not only analyzed, but recognized as a body of texts in the first place. The texts I’m interested in all introduce the theme of uncles and nephews, set it in Paris, and treat it in materialist way. They are Diderot's Le Neveu de Rameau, Marx's Der achtzehnte Brumaire des Louis Bonaparte, Althusser's L'avenir dure longtemps, and Jacques-Alain Miller's Le Neveu de Lacan. And their respective historical contexts are the Enlightenment of pre-revolutionary France, the 1848–51 phase of the French bourgeois revolution, and the structuralist movement in post-May '68 France. A set of texts on Jean-François Rameau, Louis Bonaparte, Louis Althusser, and Jacques-Alain Miller as respective nephews of Jean-Philippe Rameau, Napoleon Bonaparte, one Louis Althusser, and Jacques Lacan can thus be read from the standpoint of some of the most world-historic moments in the history of Paris. A series of quasi-(auto)biographies becomes a history of materialism from Enlightenment, through historical materialism, to structuralism; a history of inception and immanent critique of the Enlightenment project.

Selected Publications

Ed. (with Fabienne Imlinger): Globalizing Literary Genres. London/New York: Routledge, 2016.

Ed. (with Suman Gupta and Hrvoje Tutek): Academic Labour, Unemployment and Global Higher Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.