Panel Discussion | September 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 202 Barrows Hall
Verónica Gago, Professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires and Instituto de Altos Estudios, Universidad Nacional de San Martín; Visiting Scholar, International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs; Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Neoliberalism has become the name for mainstream political economy since 1990: a characterization used by many of this economys detractors and sometimes by its proponents. In their work, Wendy Brown and Verónica Gago encourage us to go beyond this popularized understanding, in which neoliberalism is reduced to an economic doctrine of deregulation and austerity. Brown and Gagos work focuses on the neoliberal regimes political implications for the demos or democracy. This conversation will engage with neoliberalism in a global frame. Gagos work focuses on Latin America and draws on a Deleuzian framework, while Browns focuses on the Euro-Atlantic world and is informed by a Foucauldian perspective. Taken together, Brown and Gagos approaches reveal how neoliberalism tends to undo established forms of democratic functioning and organizing from above, while also opening up new democratic spaces and allowing for the emergence of a popular anti-neoliberalism from below.
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