Neoliberalism and Cultural Production

Tu 2:00PM - 5:55PM / 130 Cathedral of Learning / CRN 30405

Neoliberalism and cultural production. We will examine this contested term as it circulates in debates about cultural practice since the late 1970s. Course segments are likely to include contrastive models of the concept; their ascripted affinities to Marxist and Weberian traditions; distinctive concepts (“shock doctrine,” thought collective,” Comaroff’s “occult”); key historical figures and institutions (Kojève, Polanyi, Schumpeter, Hayek, Mont Pelerin); and the term’s contradictory symptoms under different ideological systems, such as post-socialist modernity. While cinema (e.g. Jia Zhangke, Ken Loach, Aleksei Balabanov) may be a core cultural emphasis, the course welcomes contributions from the fields of art history, literature, music, as well as sociology, history, and anthropology. The intent is to move beyond two tendencies in current debates: 1.) the deployment of the term exclusively as moral judgment; and 2.) its explanatory capacity for All the Things. Core texts will include Morowski, Harvey, and Klein, as well as critiques of Harvey (Abercrombie, Hindess). The course will ask participants to bring their fields of expertise (both regional and disciplinary) to these debates, situating their own departmental investments in relation not only to textual content, but also to production, distribution, and exhibition.

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Nancy Condee

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Category C: Cultural Antagonisms and Cultural Crises

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