Jason Barker

Since completing my doctorate at Cardiff University in 2003 I have been writing about the concept of revolution, particularly in relation to Marxist-Leninist debates on the State. The thrust of my argument, which is presented in an essay due to appear this year in the collection Alain Badiou : de l'ontologie à la politique (l'Harmattan), is that the concept of State is no longer a counterpoint of revolutionary political practice, and that a new concept of "revolution" can only emerge through the "depersonification of the State", or "disfigurement of the Master". However, this in turn raises questions about the topological and topographical placement of revolution in any would-be ontology. I am currently preparing material for a book on post-68 politics in between teaching post-war French thought from Sartre to Badiou at London College of Communication. My English translation of Badiou's Metapolitics is due to be published by Verso in autumn 2005.