Michael Heinrich received the doctoral degree from the Department of Political Science of the Free University of Berlin. He taught economics for many years at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and was managing editor of PROKLA: Journal for Critical Social Science. He has written in depth on Marx’s critique of political economy in his book "The Science of Value". His "An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital" is probably the most popular introduction to Marx’s economic works in Germany. His work focuses on Marx´s theory and the history of the formation of economic theories.
Frank Ruda received his post-doctoral degree from the Free University in Berlin. He was an interim professor for the philosophy of audiovisual media at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, a visiting professor at the institute of philosophy at the Slovenian Scientific Research Center in Ljubljana and an interim professor for social philosophy at Goethe University Frankfurt. Since spring 2018 he has been a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee. He is co-author of Reading Marx with Agon Hamza and Slavoj Žižek in which they radically reinterpret Marxism explaining the failures of neoliberalism and laying the foundations for a new emancipatory politics.
The conversation will be chaired by Ray Brassier, member of the philosophy faculty at the American University of Beirut, known for his work in philosophical realism and member of Bicar.
Established in 2015, the Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR) aims to promote critical thought and analysis with a special focus on studying manifestations of modernity in Lebanon and the Middle East. BICAR provides a platform for researchers, academics, artists, writers, students, and interested members of the public to engage with social, cultural, and political developments, and is committed to the relationships between intellectual inquiry, social reality, and social change. More Info on https://www.bicar-lebanon.org/