Dieter Lesage

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Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS), Brussels

Short bio

Dieter Lesage (1966) is a Belgian philosopher and writer. He studied philosophy at the University of Louvain (Leuven, B) (1984-1988) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (F) (1988-1990), where he attended the seminars of Jacques Derrida as an ‘étudiant libre’. In 1993 he obtained his Ph.D. at the Institute of Philosophy in Louvain on a dissertation Names like Faces. A consolidation theory of proper names [Namen als gezichten. Een consolidatietheorie van de eigennaam]. Dieter Lesage was a research-assistant at the National Fund for Scientific Research (B) (1989-1993), a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Louvain (1993-1995), a scientific attaché at the Center for European Culture of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and the Arts of Belgium (1994), a cultural policy advisor to the Secretary of the Flemish Parliament (1996), a visiting professor at the Piet Zwart Institute of the Willem De Kooning Academie (Hogeschool Rotterdam, NL) (2003-2005) and visiting professor at the Institut für Kulturtheorie of the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (D) during the summer semester 2007. From 2013 to 2015, he was the Director of the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS) in Brussels, to which he is affiliated today as head of theory and professor of aesthetics, philosophy and political theory. He published several books on nationalism, racism, multiculturalism and globalisation and curated several international group exhibitions. His articles and essays are published in a wide variety of international journals and magazines, including Springerin (Vienna), Afterall (London), e-flux journal (New York), Texte zur Kunst (Berlin), De Witte Raaf (Brussels), Kulturrisse (Vienna), Open (Amsterdam), Agalma (Rome), Domus (Milano), Cairon (Madrid), Maska (Ljubljana) and Vector (Iasi). Dieter Lesage lives in Berlin.

Field of expertise

philosophy, aesthetics, political theory

Working Group

WG1: Contexts