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Capital, Care and Progressive Neoliberalism: A Feminist Dialogue

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  • Thu 16 Mar 2017 16.00 - 18.00
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in the framework of the Ursula Hirschmann Lecture Series -


Nancy Fraser, Professor of Philosophy and Critical theory, The New School, NY

“Capital, Care and the End of Progressive Neo-liberalism: A feminist dialogue” combines Professor Nancy Fraser’s long-standing interest in gender and capitalism with her more recent interventions on the disturbing turn in European and US politics over the past 12 months. Brexit, the rejection of the Renzi reforms, the return in force of the Front national in France, the Bernie Sanders campaign in the USA and, of course, the recent election of Donald Trump all signal what Fraser calls the end of progressive neoliberalism. ‘In every case, voters are saying “No!” to the lethal combination of austerity, free trade, predatory debt and precarious, ill-paid work that characterizes financialized capitalism today,’ wrote Fraser in January 2017. Not only are they repudiating the neoliberal system that has degraded their living conditions for the past 30 years, argues Fraser, they are in revolt against those progressive instantiations of neoliberalism that were born of alliances between mainstream currents of new social movements (feminism, anti-racism, multiculturalism, LGBTQ rights) and high-end “symbolic” and service-based business sectors (Hollywood, Silicon Valley, even Wall Street).

How are we to understand these alliances and the ways that finance/”cognitive” capitalism has hived off a sector of the new social movements to its own advantage? And how are we to understand the considerable costs this has wrenched from the feminist movement, within which narrowly elitist forms prosper, as a highly privileged stratum of women from the professional-managerial class “leans in” on those less privileged women (migrants, women of color) who increasingly take on women’s traditional burden of care work for them? These burning questions stand at the heart of our 2017 Ursula Hirschmann lecture, which will take the form of an interview/debate with Nancy Fraser on Thursday 16 March.

Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati

in the framework of the Ursula Hirschmann Lecture Series -


Nancy Fraser, Professor of Philosophy and Critical theory, The New School, NY

“Capital, Care and the End of Progressive Neo-liberalism: A feminist dialogue” combines Professor Nancy Fraser’s long-standing interest in gender and capitalism with her more recent interventions on the disturbing turn in European and US politics over the past 12 months. Brexit, the rejection of the Renzi reforms, the return in force of the Front national in France, the Bernie Sanders campaign in the USA and, of course, the recent election of Donald Trump all signal what Fraser calls the end of progressive neoliberalism. ‘In every case, voters are saying “No!” to the lethal combination of austerity, free trade, predatory debt and precarious, ill-paid work that characterizes financialized capitalism today,’ wrote Fraser in January 2017. Not only are they repudiating the neoliberal system that has degraded their living conditions for the past 30 years, argues Fraser, they are in revolt against those progressive instantiations of neoliberalism that were born of alliances between mainstream currents of new social movements (feminism, anti-racism, multiculturalism, LGBTQ rights) and high-end “symbolic” and service-based business sectors (Hollywood, Silicon Valley, even Wall Street).

How are we to understand these alliances and the ways that finance/”cognitive” capitalism has hived off a sector of the new social movements to its own advantage? And how are we to understand the considerable costs this has wrenched from the feminist movement, within which narrowly elitist forms prosper, as a highly privileged stratum of women from the professional-managerial class “leans in” on those less privileged women (migrants, women of color) who increasingly take on women’s traditional burden of care work for them? These burning questions stand at the heart of our 2017 Ursula Hirschmann lecture, which will take the form of an interview/debate with Nancy Fraser on Thursday 16 March.


Location:
Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Department of Law

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
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Organiser:
Prof. Laura Lee Downs

Speaker:
Prof. Nancy Fraser (New School for Social Research)

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