Philosophical and Economic Analysis of Debt

The Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory and the Centre for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy, in cooperation with the Belgrade Book Fair and Institut Français, would like to invite you to a cycle of lectures dedicated to the analysis of debt.

 Tuesday, October 22nd

10am – 1:30pm

Conference room on the first floor of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory


The latest world economic crisis is sometimes called the debt crisis. If this phrase, debt crisis, can at first glance be understood in the usual manner, as the crisis drags on it begins to acquire another, second, almost unexpected meaning which calls the very debt into question. This calling into question of debt subsequently reminds us that philosophy anticipated the problem at the beginning of the last decade of the previous century: “Man is no longer the prisoner of disciplinarian societies, but the indebted man of societies of control.” This is an opportunity to think about this question of debt, as well as about that which calls it into question.

10am – 11:15 Maurizio Lazzarato (Paris) Infinite Debt

11: 15 – 12:15 Mark Losoncz (Belgrade/Novi Sad) and Aleksandar Stojanović (Belgrade) Historicizing Debt and Strategies of Resistance

12:15 – 13: 15 Petar Bojanić and Sanja Todorović (Belgrade) Debt: the Ambiguity of the Negative

Moderators: Igor Cvejić and Aleksandar Stojanović


 58th International Belgrade Book Fair: Spaces of Freedom

Belgrade Fair, Hall 1, room “Borislav Pekić”

Round table and lectures: “Between Debt and Freedom”

Tuesday, October 22nd

4pm – 7pm

Introductory lectures:

Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc (Paris) – Sovereign Debt: Anthropology and Politics

Elettra Stimilli (Rome) – The Debt Cult

Igor Krtolica (Belgrade/Lyon)

Participants in the discussion: Maurizio Lazzarato (Paris), Aleksandar Stojanović (Belgrade), Mark Losoncz (Belgrade/Novi Sad), Petar Bojanić (Belgrade) and Sanja Todorović (Belgrade)

Moderator: Igor Cvejić

In French; Simultaneous translation is provided.

7pm, lecture: The Production of Indebted Man

Maurizio Lazzarato (Paris)

On the occasion of the publication of his book La Fabrique de l’homme endetté. Essai sur la condition néolibéral.[The Production of Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition], Paris, 2011.

The relationship of creditor and debtor – the subject of this book – intensifies exploitation and domination mechanisms on every level of society, since it does not recognize the difference between worker and unemployed, consumer and producer, working and non-working populations, retired and welfare cases. Everyone is a “debtor,” responsible and guilty before capital. Capital has become the Great Creditor and the Universal Creditor.

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