Sebastian joined Loughborough University in September 2014. His research investigates a silence in the work of Slavoj Žižek regarding Mikhail Bakunin. One of Žižek's most important academic moves has been to say that the originary immanence of the Hegelian moment in thought, for example as it was expressed inThe Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), was denied/repressed in two distinct ways: i) by the ontological constructivism of Søren Kierkegaard and Arthur Schopenhauer (which eventually provided the basis for Deconstructionism) and ii) by Classical Marxism. Sebastian prefers to define the originary Hegelian moment as: i) the totalizing description of epistemology as the product of the disjunctions between rigid semiotic containers of universal knowledges and the idiosyncratic spatial or temporal contexts within which such semiotics appear as iterable, as well as: ii) the best exemplification of this difficult but not illogical aporia. Žižek may well be correct that Hegel was repressed in these two historically-identifiable ways, but where does Anarchism fit in? Certainly, Mikhail Bakunin - who began working on Hegel in the 1830's - borrowed from elements of both approaches (the imagination and faith-based certainty of ontological constructivism and the social commitments of Marxism), but was in no way reducible to either. Is Žižek's failure to properly account for Bakunin endemic of the marginal-status of Anarchism in contemporary radical thought, as well as - more interestingly - the reason for Žižek's inability to articulate a tangible strategy for change? Žižek's prominence today means his willingness to ride roughshod over a whole area of political thought is no small irritant - the re-introduction of Anarchism into Žižek's historical narratives of modern political thought, or the careful observation of what happens when this re-introduction proves not to be possible, may possibly be the root of several important innovations in political thinking.

  • The Cornish Civil War, 1642-1646, 'Postmodernist approaches to the Cornish experience of the Civil War,' 7th April 2010, The Institute of Cornish Studies - The University of Exeter.
  • Warwick Postgraduate History Conference, 2012-2013, 'Christopher Nolan and the Batman genre,' 30th - 31st May 2013, The University of Warwick - History Department.
  • Power and Resistance, '"Nothing is taking place but the place itself"; Slavoj Žižek's anxious Anarchism,' 1st-2nd May 2014, Queen Mary University. 
  • Contemporary Anarchist Theory and Practice: Critical Perspectives, '"For some must watch, while some must sleep/ thus runs the world away"; Slavoj Žižek's anxious Anarchism,' 9th May 2014, University of Glasgow - School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • PG TalkFest, '"The Age of the World Picture"; Martin Heidegger, Slavoj Žižek and the Batman genre,' 21st May 2014, The University of Warwick. YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YUJVQ0Vprw
  • To Hell With Culture?, '"Those pockets of silence where we can root and grow"; Alain Badiou, the one and the many,' 30th October 2014, Manchester School of Art - Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Comics and Adaptation in the European Context, 'Slavoj Žižek and Batman comics,' 10th April 2015, The University of Leicester.
  • Reflections on Revenge: a conference on the culture and politics of vengeance, 'Quentin Tarantino and the re-statement of "revenge" as an ontological, not a criminal problem,' 4th September 2015, The University of Leicester - Criminology Department.
  • Political Studies Association 66th International Conference - Politics and the Good Life, 'The sea did what it liked, and what it liked was destruction'; what's left of Hegel's retroactive ethics in post-modernity?', 21st - 23rd March 2016, Hilton Brighton Metropole & The Grand Brighton.
  • 2016 International Žižek Studies Conference - Materialism and Materiality, An Event in the Humanities, Art and Design, '"Professional Wrestling and the Kierkegaardian Turn: The return of the material repressed and the work of the Sports Legacy Institute', 27th-29th May 2016, The University of Cincinnati. YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXF2N2cfJWg
  • Re-thinking Politics in a Volatile World - Fourth annual Nottingham Postgraduate Conference in Politics and International Relations, '"Father death blues"; the loss of the Lacanian "object-cause of desire" and the politics of hopelessness', 10th June 2016, The University of Nottingham - School of Politics and International Relations. YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkc2cp41-Qc&feature=youtu.be
  • The Wrestling Symposium - 'Laying the academic Smackdown', '"Professional Wrestling and the Kierkegaardian Turn": the return of the material repressed and the work of the Sports Legacy Institute,’ 17th - 18th June 2016, Aberystwyth University.
  • The Association for Social and Political Philosophy - "Rebellion, Resistance, Revolution", '"The maze that keeps moving"; "rebellion", "resistance" and "revolution" at the place of "the Cunning of Reason",' 27th - 29th June 2016, The London School of Economics. YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNUaeKMPfEc
  • Abusing Power: The Visual Politics of Satire, 'Slavoj Žižek, Jacques Lacan and the idea of the ubiquity of satirical distanciation outside the specificity of the image,' 23rd-24th September 2016, C21: Research Centre in 21st Century Writings - University of Brighton.
  • ICS Conference - The Cornish World, 'An artist of the floating world; memories of Silvanus Trevail, the St. Austell townscape and the forced prematurity of change.' 8th October 2016, The Institute of Cornish Studies - Exeter University.
  • Sebastian Averill, 'Professional Wrestling and the Kierkegaardian Turn - the return of the material repressed and the work of the Sports Legacy Institute', in A. Garcia, K. Holland and K. Agra (eds.), Materialism and Materiality: Essays in Žižek Studies (edited book forthcoming, June 2017)
  • Thatcher and Thatcherism: New Critical Perspectives, 'What we need today is a Thatcher of the left'; Slavoj Žižek's explanation of the Thatcher phenomenon,' 19th-20th January 2017, Durham University.
  • Extreme Anthropologies, 'Professional Wrestling and the Kierkegaardian Turn; wrestlers are dying young, because "the woman does not exist",' 29th September-1st October 2017, University of Vienna.