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Guide to the Etienne Balibar Papers MS.C.023
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Box 1

Work with Louis Althusser Series 1. 1963-1977

Physical Description: 6.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of notebooks that Balibar kept while a student of Louise Althusser at the École Normale Supérieure. The notebooks contain course materials, lecture notes, and writings. They include materials related to Reading Capital and the materialist theory of discourse. Also included are notes for a seminar by Althusser on Jacques Lacan.
Box 1

"École" project Series 2. 1968-1971

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of Balibar's notes, drafts, and typescripts for a manuscript on intellectual and manual labor that was never completed. In 1969-1970, in the wake of the student revolt and general strikes in France, the students closest to Althusser collaborated on an ambitious project to interpret class, domination, and its symbolism as determinations of the educational system (“Ecole”, later called the typical “Ideological State Apparatus” by Althusser). Members of the project included Balibar, Christian Baudelot, Roger Establet, Pierre Macherey, and Michel Tort, each of whom planned to write one to two chapters for the manuscript. Balibar's focus was on intellectual and manual labor. The project collapsed around 1970, following the group's visit to teach summer school at the University of Havana, Cuba. Baudelot, Establet and Tort later published their chapters independently.
Box 2

Communist Party writings Series 3. 1965-1977

Physical Description: 7.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of typescript drafts, notes, and other material related to Communism. Included are Balibar's writings from 1965 for the Communist student organization; articles and correspondence documenting a 1969 debate among Communist intellectuals and party leadership concerning education and teaching philosophy; and two of Balibar's lectures at the Centre D'Etudes et de Recherches Marxistes in 1975-1977.
Box 2-3

Personal reading notes Series 4. 1980-2000

Physical Description: 8.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains notes written by Balibar regarding his reading of works by Baruch Spinoza, René Descartes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and others.
Box 3-4

"Travaux, 1965-1987," for Ph.D. at Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen Series 5. circa 1987

Physical Description: 5.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of all five sections of Balibar's dissertation.
Box 4

Ludwig Wittgenstein project Series 6. 1987-1989

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of translation materials, typescripts, and notes related to the philosophy and works of Wittgenstein. The series includes an unpublished translation of Wittgenstein's Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus into French (left unpublished because of copyright restrictions but distributed as teaching material to students at Paris I among others). At the same time, Balibar was working on a related book project regarding truth entitled "'Lieux' and 'Noms de la verite;'" uncompleted materials related to this project are included in the series.
Box 5

Habilitation Series 7. 1992-1993

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains work submitted for the Habilitation at the University of Paris I.
Box 5

La philosophie de Marx Series 8. after 1993

Physical Description: 1.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of notes and typescripts for Balibar's book The Philosophy of Marx.
Box 5-6

Teaching seminars at Université de Paris X Nanterre Series 9. 1995-1996, 2001

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of course materials, readings, and a course notebook for seminars taught by Balibar at the University of Paris, Nanterre.
Box 6

"Passion profane" Series 10. 1991-1992

Physical Description: 5.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of readings, clippings, writings, and ephemera relating to Balibar's collaboration with musician Nicolas Frize (a former student of Jobn Cage) for the "Passion profane" project. The project incorporated "concrete music" with professional and non-professional musicians in a series of musical events with prisoners inside the prison of Saint-Maur (near Châteauroux, France). It also includes a conversation between Balibar and inmates of the prison regarding citizenship. The series includes a notebook kept by Balibar documenting the project.
Box 7

Writings, lectures, and interviews Series 11. 1985-2012

Physical Description: 10.0 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises essays and lectures by and interviews with Balibar from 1985 to 2012. The materials include drafts and published writings, some with annotations by Balibar.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.
Box 7-8

Scholarly journals Series 12. 2003-2011

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of six issues of scholarly journals in which Balibar's writings were published.