Event Resource

I just posted a longer version of this to the Event, Badiou email list, suggesting that it would be advantageous to develop a working bibliography of literature on the ‘event’. It would be a functional tool. The idea was floated a while ago, when the list changed from spoons Lyotard list, but I think it is time to kick it into gear.

From my perspective there are three major areas of the ‘event’, and one application that I can think of:

1) the event as exception (lacanian, also ‘truth event’ badiou),
2) event as supplement (derridean, also ‘pure event’ deleuze),
3) the event as actualisation/individuation/becoming (deleuzian),
4) the application as the ‘media event’ (‘event’ Dayan and Katz, ‘non-event’ Boorstin, Baudrillard, ‘vector’ Virilio, Wark).

This is a very cursory representation and there are plenty of other texts, such as those by Whitehead, Lyotard, etc that need to be included here, but i have not read them or am comfortable enough with them to include them in the list, so someone else will need to include them. I imagine debates over the way this resource is organised will trigger a lot of discussion(!!). There are other texts, such as Paul Patton’s essay on Deleuzian media events that would cut across this categories and would need some other non-list form of representation. Other concepts, such as Debord’s ‘spectacle’, can be understood as a synergy of the ‘media event’ and biopolitical ‘individuation’, and so will have to be included at some point.

If you can help update the list then leave a comment or send me an email. Eventually I hope to set up or help set up a wiki-type resource that includes annotated entries.







Deleuze, G. (1990). The Logic of Sense. New York, Columbia University Press.

Deleuze, G. (1993). The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.


Foucault, M (1977) “Theatricum Philosophicum” reprinted in various places i have it in Language, Counter-Memory, Practice. ed Donald Bouchard

Massumi, B. (2002). Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation. Durham, London, Duke University Press.

Stivale, C. J. (2003). Feeling the Event: Spaces of Affects and the Cajun Dance Arena. Animations (of Deleuze and Guattari). J. D. Slack. New York, Peter Lang: 31-58.

Colwell, C. (1997). “Deleuze and Foucault: Series, Event, Genealogy.” Theory & Event 1(2).

Media Event


Boorstin, D. J. (1963). The Image: Or, What Happened to the American Dream. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, Penguin.

Dayan, D. and E. Katz (1992). Media Events: The Live Broadcasting of History. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.

Virilio, P. (1991). The Lost Dimension. New York, Semiotext(e)

Virilio, P. (2000). A Landscape of Events. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.

Wark, M. (1994). Virtual Geography: Living with Global Media Events. Bloomington, Indiana University Press.


Merrin, W. (2005). Baudrillard and the Media: A Critical Introduction. Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA, Polity.


Kwinter, S. (2001). Architectures of Time: Toward a Theory of the Event in Modernist Culture. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.