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Fall 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014
Wendy Brown (Political Science, UC-Berkeley)
Wendy Brown
Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism and Political Life
3:30 pm Curtin 175

This lecture examines the damaging effects of neoliberal reason on democratic principles and ideals. Wendy Brown argues that the value and values of democracy are challenged today not merely by the unrestrained power of finance capital and large corporations, or by extreme and growing economic inequality. Rather, they are undermined by an economic form of reason and governance that is undoing the constituent terms of democracy—freedom, equality, citizenship, rights, and above all, popular sovereignty.

Brown bag lunch with Wendy Brown
Friday, October 24
12 noon Curtin 939
Reading: Wendy Brown, "We Are All Democrats Now . . .," Theory and Event 13, no. 2 (2010)

Wendy Brown is Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also affiliated with the Rhetoric Department and the Critical Theory Program. She is a visiting faculty member of the University of London (Birkbeck) Critical Theory Summer School, and a past fellow of the Cornell Society for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is a scholar of Western political thought, both historical and contemporary, who aims to make political theory illuminate contemporary problems.

Her current research examines challenges for democracy generated by neoliberal governance and austerity politics. Recent books include Walled States, Waning Sovereignty; Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Empire and Identity; and Edgework: Critical Essays in Knowledge and Politics. Her forthcoming book is "Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's Stealth Revolution" (Zone Books), scheduled for a Spring 2015 publication.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar program, 2014-15

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