This is the second seminar in our Culture & Polity series in which our invited speakers will be examining the post-neoliberal subject as produced by the strategies of behavioural economics, security screening and the discourse of virology. What is the meaning of community and the social under these conditions? What forms of governance emerge from new techniques of securitisation and behaviour management and what are the implications for democratic processes?
The Centre For Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London will be hosting a major international conference on September 8th-9th, 2011 which will re-assess Michel Foucault’s contribution to radical thought and the application of his ideas to contemporary politics. What does it mean to draw on Foucault as a resource for radical politics, and how are we to understand the politics which implicitly informs his work?
Keynote speakers will be Stuart Elden, Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University, one of the founding editors of Foucault Studies and Mark Kelly, Lecturer in Philosophy, Middlesex University, author of The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2009). Please see full call for papers here.
Pain has become one of the central discourses of the coalition government as it embarks on its cuts programme. The cuts are inevitable, we are told, and the pain must be shared in the interests of fairness. But is the pain necessary, should it be shared, is it really being shared, how will the pain effect the social, and what are the psychosocial consequences of the crisis? Kate Pickett (author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better), Mike Rustin (author of The Good Society and the Inner World) and Jeremy Gilbert (author of Anti-Capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics. This is the text of Jeremy’s talk to the Demos institute in Ghent, May 2010, which was an invited response to The Spirit Level) will address these and other questions. The second of three CCSR seminars that are examining the coalition government’s discursive agenda, the meeting will take place in room EB.G.14 in the East Building of UEL’s Dockland’s Campus.
The Politics of Debt: Concepts and experiences of debt have become central to the management of contemporary capitalism, to understandings of its consequences and to social experience at every scale. National debt, personal debt, ecological debt are key issues for understanding contemporary culture and politics. But what exactly is debt? Can we manage without it? Are current levels of personal, national, corporate and ecological debt sustainable; and what are the origins of this most fundamental concept?
Focusing on the themes of debt, pain, and work, the coalition government has attempted to build a new common sense around the need for deep public sector spending cuts, the curtailment of strategic health authority and local governmental influence in the provision of health and education, and the sweeping shift from public sector to private sector delivery. This academic year the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at UEL is holding three linked seminars on the themes of Debt (13 October), Pain (December 1) and Work (date to be confirmed) in order to interrogate the substance of the government’s strategy. Each event will be held at UEL’s Docklands Campus in East London, and will feature speakers from a range of activist, journalistic and research backgrounds.
Download documents and audio-visual resources for previous CCSR events
- Machine: The Difference & Repetition of James Brown
- Wild Combination
- Technology, Creativity & Capitalism
- Culture (and Cultural Studies) After the Crunch: The End of Neoliberalism?
- The Hardcore Continuum? A Discussion
- New Research in Cultural Studies
- Crisis Culture Project: Archiving the Everyday
- Studies in Evil Media flier and podcast
- Articulation, National Unity, and the Aesthetics of Living Against Occupation: reflections on the Palestinian condition
- Losing the War of Academic Independence: Tales from the Trenches on Both Sides of the Atlantic
- Techno-Death: Technology, Death & The Cultural Imagination
- Modernism After Postmodernism: Is there a future beyond capitalist realism?
- I’m Ugly but Trendy: Funk Carioca Screening/Discussion
- Hold onto Your Dreams: Arthur Russell & the Downtown Music Scene
- Romance, Marriage & Heterosexual Desires