Neoliberalism: Past and Present

Discipline, Social Control, and Neoliberal Subjectivities
Friday, March 23, 2018
1:00-6:00pm
Rutgers Academic Building Room 6051
15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ

Neoliberal economic transformations have reshaped the realms of the self and the social around the globe.  This symposium explores neoliberalism's role in creating and amplifying disciplinary technologies, categories of identity, and relationships of hierarchy and power.

Speakers:

  • Paulina Ochoa Espejo is Associate Professor of Political Science at Haverford College and a fellow this year at the Institute for Advanced Study.  She is a political theorist who works at the intersection of democratic theory and the history of political thought.  She is the author of The Time of Popular Sovereignty: Process and the Democratic State (Penn State Press, 2011) and is currently pursuing  new research on Just Borders: Peoples, Territories, and the Rights of Place.

  • Silvia Pasquetti is a Lecturer in Sociology at Newcastle University and a fellow this year at the Institute for Advanced Study.  The author of Citizens and Refugees: Control, Emotions, and Politics in Israeli Cities and West Bank Camps (forthcoming), her work explores the sociology of migration, refugees, humanitarianism, and securitization.

  • Sarah Muir is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College.  She is the author of the forthcoming The Work of Suspicion: Engendering Capital, Routinizing Critique, a study of class and the financial crisis in Argentina, and is now working on Corrupted Futures: Pension Politics, Financial Ethics, and the Reckoning of Kinship.

  • Susanna Rosenbaum is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York.  She is currently finishing her manuscript entitled Domestic Economies: Women, Work, and the American Dream in LA, for publication with Duke University.

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Co-Conveners

5d5 Melissa Feinberg edit
Melissa Feinberg, Department of History

5d5 Jennifer Mittelstadt edit
Jennifer Mittelstadt, Department of History

 

 The two-year project Neoliberalism: Past and Present investigates the deep historical roots and long-term evolution of the economic, political, and social changes that have been linked by the label "neoliberalism." We want to ask: what exactly—if anything— is new about neoliberalism? We are interested in scholarship that examines not only the actions of states and elites but also the mid-level actors and everyday people who constituted, resisted, and reconfigured neoliberalisms. We aim to include scholars who work not only on the United States and Western Europe, but also the former Eastern Bloc, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, where the unique dynamics of these processes demand their own histories. In 2016–2017, we organized two symposia: Political Economies of Global Neoliberalism and The Economization of Everyday Life. We are planning two new symposia for 2017–2018: Privatizing the Public Good: Neoliberalism and the Transformation of the State and Discipline, Social Control, and Neoliberal Subjectivities.