Cornell University

Wendy Brown, "The Demos Undone: Neoliberalism, Democracy, Citizenship"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Neoliberalism is more than a set of  economic policies.  As a form of reason developed into a governing rationality, it converts every aspect of contemporary existence into a market framework.  All conduct is market conduct, all spheres of existence are market-like.  This lecture will address the dismantling of democratic imaginaries and democratic practices by this rationality.

Professor Wendy Brown is Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is currently a Senior Invited Fellow of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell .

Professor Brown's fields of interest include the history of political theory, nineteenth and twentieth century Continental theory, critical theory and theories of contemporary capitalism.  She is best known for intertwining the insights of Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, Frankfurt School theorists, Foucault, and contemporary Continental philosophers to critically interrogate formations of power, political identity, citizenship, and political subjectivity in contemporary liberal democracies. Brown's current research concerns the de-democratizing effects of neoliberal political rationality; a portion of this work will soon appear in a book provisionally entitled Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism, Democracy, Citizenship.


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Wendy Brown

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Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; Senior Invited Fellow, Societyi for the Humanities, Cornell

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