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the case of wagner: workshop on music and ethics with alain badiou and nanette nielse

  • Loftet 22 Skippergata Oslo, Oslo, 0154 Norway (map)
Wagner gnome


All events with Mr. Badiou have been cancelled due to family concerns. We apologize any inconvenience this might cause.

How and when can music play a part in radical social change? This workshop with philosophers Alain Badiou and Nanette Nielsen  will explore the ethical ramifications of Badiou's work Wagner. Based on the following publications: Alain Badiou: Le Cas Wagner;  Nanette Nielsen/M. Cobussen: Music & Ethics;; Opera Quarterly  Volume 29 Issue 3-4 summer-autumn 2013, 

Application is required. The workshop will be limited to 30 participants and priority will be given to students and researchers from our partner institutions. Contact information and an application letter should be sent to by January 10th. The workshop is free of charge. Lunch will be served.



Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. Influenced by Plato, Hegel, Lacan and Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of both the analytic as well as the postmodern schools of thoughts. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation (revolution, invention, transfiguration) in every situation. Much of Badiou's life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May 1968 revolt in Paris. Badiou is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works. Badiou currently holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School, and is the Chair of the philosophy department the University of Paris VIII.

Nanette Nielsen works on music and philosophy, especially ethics and aesthetics in twentieth-century music, and on opera and music criticism in the Weimar republic. Her publications include 'Ernst Krenek's "problem of freedom" in Jonny spielt auf' (Twentieth-Century Music, March 2013) and the co-authored book Music and Ethics (Ashgate, 2012). She has recently co-edited a special Opera Quarterly issue on ‘Opera and Philosophy’ (April, 2014). Nielsen is associate professor for music philosophy at the University of Nottingham and  the University of Oslo, Institute of Musicology.

In cooperation with the University of Oslo, Institute of Musicology.