Neoliberalism and Culture: A Symposium
Neoliberalism is most frequently associated with “free trade” and global markets, but it can be argued that it actually names new configurations of social life, new modes of constructing identities, new urban and global mappings. It has been said that neoliberalism represents the first authentic globalized economic model in human history. The very notion of “cultural sphere” is also at stake in the neoliberal era, since former distinctions between culture, society, ecology, and economy seem no longer valid, or at least have been deeply eroded. It seems necessary, then, to think once again the relations between the economic and the cultural, to explore new arrangements between cultural fantasies, government of life, political technologies and management of wealth and poverty that are now recognizable as forms of neoliberalism. In short, is there a culture of/in neoliberalism? If so, how does culture produce, think, or reflect the relations between the economic, the social and the biological in the context of the complete subsuming of life by capital? Can cultural production construct new subjectivities and new modes of social life? Can culture become a site of resistance? And conversely, how does culture provide rhetorics and images for the economies of violence that are produced by/functional to neoliberalism? Is there a way of thinking neoliberal culture capable of taking neoliberalism to a point of self critique? Once culture has been subsumed in a collection of fragmented hybrid identities already commodified by their production, consumption and reproduction, how can we think, recognize, or construct new cultural projects capable of challenging the limitations of multicultural neoliberalism?
Papers to be discussed at the symposium
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"Culture and Space: Literary Imagination the Spatialization of the Question of Freedom"
"Play in the Ghetto: Global Entertainment and the European 'Roma Problem'"
"The Mexican Exception: Democracy and the Political in Contemporary Mexico"
"Neoliberal Eugenics: The Biopolitics of Genetic Manipulation"
"Decolonizing Material Culture: Colonialism and Will to Technology"
Common Zone: Images of the Neoliberal City. Notes about Ronda nocturna, by Edgardo Cozarinsky" English version
GGiorgi symposium English
"Zona común: imágenes de la ciudad neoliberal (En torno a Ronda nocturna, de Edgardo Cozarinsky)" Spanish version
Zona Comun - imagenes de la ciudad neoliberal GGiorgi Espanol
"The Struggle to Make Space for Art in an Era of ‘Creative Industry’"
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