Tuesday 2 July 2013, 9.00AM to 3 July 2013
An interdisciplinary conference exploring the economic and socio-political dynamics of ‘neoliberalism’ in relation to the contemporary ‘crisis’ of capital and set against a foundational concern with the capitalist world system.
In the wake of the global financial crisis there has been notable and widespread academic, political and public interest in what is meant by ‘neoliberalism’ – where it sprang from, what its relationship with liberalism is/was, what its economic impact has been/is, what it means for political institutions and their decision making, and how it determines our labouring lives. With big-name public intellectuals – such as David Harvey, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Žižek and Stuart Hall – having written on and exposed neoliberalism’s place within capitalism’s development and on-going crises, it seems important that we continue to bring neoliberalism under closer scrutiny by probing its everyday manifestations and its large-scale ambitions, and by working to pinpoint its contradictions and weaknesses. Given that ‘neoliberalism’ is notoriously hard to define, this event seeks to address and track its historical emergence and account for its role in relation to the current economic and political climate. It will do so by placing key critical voices from the social sciences, arts and humanities in dialogue so that socio-cultural understandings of neoliberalism, and the capitalist world system, are offered in direct relation to economic thinking, models, claims and critiques. In short, this interdisciplinary conference will explore and examine the economic and socio-political origins and consequences of ‘neoliberalism’ in relation to the contemporary ‘crisis’ of capital and as set against a foundational concern with the capitalist world system.
A set of key questions underpins the event:
This event is not for profit. There is no conference fee, only a registration form.
If you wish to attend please complete this Neoliberalism conference registration form (MS Word , 17kb) and return by 7th June 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org (places are limited).
The conference is funded by the British Academy, Centre for Modern Studies (York) and University of York pump priming.
The conference is organised by Dr Nick Gane, Department of Sociology and Dr Claire Westall, Department of English and Centre for Modern Studies.
Location: University of York