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Rethinking Economics conference – 1st July

Rethinking Economics in a Post-truth World Goldsmiths, University of London Saturday 1st July 2017 09:30am – 6:00pm The rise of populism and ‘post-truth’ politics is a rejection of a narrow, technocratic vision of economics. The distance between technical economic expertise and the democratic public sphere is a failing of economics. How can alternative perspectives on […]

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A Progressive Anthropocene?: The Breakthrough Institute’s Love Your Monsters

Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus (eds), Love Your Monsters: Postenvironmentalism and the Anthropocene (Breakthrough Institute, 2011) The Breakthrough Institute asserts that ecomodernism can give us a “Good Anthropocene”.  But in aiming at a second naivety of progressive modernism, it mistakenly treats nature as though it were a human creation. In 2007 Michael Shellenberger and Ted […]

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Precarity in the anthropocene – film review of Uncertain

The boat slowly chugs through the water, a trail of interference following it. The mist hangs low, hazing the boat and the trees that stand amidst the water. The loosely draping foliage in this opening scene is almost grey. It’s a jarring environment that the boat moves through – like the faulted reality of a […]

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The welfare state’s role in the transition to sustainable prosperity

Dan Bailey of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) discusses the role and necessity of the welfare state in ensuring the democratic legitimacy of the transition to ‘sustainable prosperity’. He writes here about the welfare state in the context of prolonged austerity and the political revolts of the Trump vote and Brexit referendum, and in […]

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‘Reimagining Government: Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Democratic Theory’ – 15th May

Reimagining Government: Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Democratic Theory Jacob Jensen 4-5.30pm, 15th May PSH 314, Goldsmiths This paper addresses the genesis and development of the rational-choice approach to politics. It advances three arguments. Firstly, rational-choice theories of politics emerged in response to the mid-twentieth century crisis of American democratic theory. Rational-choice theories were analytical […]

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IPEG Symposium – The Social Reproduction of Contemporary Capitalism

May 23, 2017, 10:30-6pm Goldsmith, University of London Professor Stuart Hall Building, PSH Room 326 This one-day symposium brings together leading scholars from across disciplines to advance our understanding of political economy in the ‘spheres beyond production’. Different theoretical traditions and approaches frame this as Social Reproduction, the Care Economy or Systems of Provision; this event […]

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Banks, nations and vocabulary

The energetic exchange on ‘A General Logic of Crisis’ that appeared recently in the pages of the London Review of Book stands as an exceptional vehicle for current discussions on the rhetoric of progressive populism. Wolfgang Streeck, implacable, lashes out at the reservations put forward by Adam Tooze in his review of Streeck’s How Will […]

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‘Underground / Politics’ – 5th May

Underground / Politics Danae Stratou & Yanis Varoufakis 3-5pm, 5th May PSH LG02, Goldsmiths (No registration or ticket required) Underground / Ecology / Politics / Mythology is a series of three multimedia events organised by Teodora Pasquinelli hosted between The Showroom and Goldsmiths University. Following the event Underground/Ecology with philosophers Timothy Morton and Federico Campagna, the […]

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