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In this talk, Rohit Goel argues that NFTs would simply be the art world's latest enjoyment if they weren't sadomasochistic. In capitalism, we not only ‘enjoy’ our suffering in labor (masochism) but are compelled to do so by the system (sadism). We’ll see how NFTs both issue and abide capital’s sadomasochistic imperative.

Rohit Goel

July '22

Course Announcement


BICAR introduces its forthcoming course on Robert Meister's opus, After Evil: A Politics of Human Rights. Moving between art history, architecture, psychoanalysis, jurisprudence, philosophy, and theology, Meister's global analysis of our contemporary is definitive. 

Rohit Goel

Oct '21


BICAR introduces its forthcoming course ‘Pandemic’. We consider the state of the nation in the wake of the novel coronavirus, encouraging students to think afresh about the manner in which politics, economics, and policies unfold in times of a global crisis.

Rohit Goel

May '21

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Building on a reading of Padamsee's existentialism - his work as depiction of 'being-in-itself' - Rohit sees Padamsee's oeuvre as an ongoing struggle to find a position between existence and thought, a painstaking search for a medium of 'being' and 'sense'. 

Rohit Goel

Feb '21


A discussion between a philosopher and a contemporary dancer, Padmini Chettur and Rohit Goel will push us to think about how humans can be mindful bodies and embodied minds. Reckoning with the human condition, they will choreograph a thought of incompletion. 

Padmini Chettur, Rohit Goel

June '20


Mahesh Baliga's work presents depth in and on (normal) surfaces, the consequence of a true painterly medium. In his talk/walk-through with the artist, Rohit Goel will consider how aesthetics offer crucial psychoanalytical insights.

Rohit Goel, Mahesh Baliga

Jan '20


Organised by BICAR Lebanon, the Goethe-Institut Lebanon, and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Beirut, this panel discussion brings together two contexts, that of Bosnia and Lebanon, in order to consider the questions of civil war and its so-called post war temporality.

Damir Arsenijević, Rohit Goel

June '19