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.
Mica Nava, professor of cultural studies and co-director of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research in the School of Humanities and Social Science, has been invited to the US in November to give talks about her book Visceral Cosmopolitanism and her current research on women social investigators and race relations research in Britain in 1950s and 1960s. She will be speaking at the Department of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on 11 November, the Department of History at the University of Michigan on 15 November, and the Department of Political Science at CUNY Graduate Center on 18 November.