UCL European Institute


How to Become a #FailedIntellectual. And Why.

16 March 2015, 12:00 am


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16 March 2015
Join us for a talk and conversation with Eric Jarosinski, editor of @NeinQuarterly, the Internet's leading "Compendium of Utopian Negation", on what's so funny about peace, love, despair, Critical Theory, German grammar, and other assorted spectres haunting Europe. In cooperation with the LSE.

Monday 16 March 2015

Followed by drinks in the South Cloister

UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre Wilkins Building UCL campus
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Of the many academics who have turned to social media in recent years, Eric Jarosinski has quickly become one of the most visible. An expert on modern German literature, culture, and critical theory, he recently left academia to devote himself to his post as founding editor (and sole author) of @NeinQuarterly, which has rapidly gained a broad and diverse international audience currently numbering over 100,000 followers on Twitter in more than 125 countries. 

Inspired by an interest in European culture, critical theory, modern literature, art, and politics, his daily commentary on current events has clearly demonstrated the unique potential of a platform such as Twitter to reach new audiences outside of academia. At the same time, he has also worked to breathe new life into classical forms such as the philosophical aphorism by adapting them to a new technology and a dramatically transformed social context. 

Though NQ began on Twitter, it now also appears as an opinion page column in Die Zeit, the leading German weekly, and in the prestigious Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. 

Jarosinski's work has also been featured in numerous international publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Der Spiegel, Wall Street Journal, Slate, and The Irish Times. His first book, Nein. A Manifesto., will be published in 2015 in the US, the UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and several other countries. 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


  • This event is organised in cooperation with LSE
  • Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #FailedIntellectual