Entitled “Neoliberalism, Financialization, and Democracy: Ten Theses,” the keynote lecture maps the current landscape and possible futures in a post democratic era. Brown explores the transition from the political subject, homo politicus, to the neoliberal and anti-solidaristic homo economicus, and its disastrous implications for the institutions of citizenship, higher education, social justice, and democracy itself. Responses to Brown’s keynote will be offered by Carlos Forment, Associate Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research, and Jasmine Rault, Assistant Professor of Culture and Media, The New School.
Post Democracy has recently arisen as a complex and contradictory term: for some it promises a new participatory platform for the mobilizing forces of social media, while others lament democracy’s demise as the result of international intervention in domestic politics. Decried as “democratic melancholy,” such skepticism is considered ill placed by yet others for whom “democracy” was never a political system to aspire to.
Under the heading Mobility in Post Democracy, the Vera List Center presents a series of interdisciplinary panels, seminars, and lectures that examine Post Democracy as a condition informed by mobility— across institutions, states, and ideologies. The series brings together an international group of scholars, activists, students, and artists to probe the concept of Democracy.
This event is organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and co-sponsored by the Zolberg Insitute on Migration and Mobility at The New School. For further information, go to the event page.
October 20th, 6.30pm
65 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10003