Dr Carla Ibled

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Dr Carla Ibled




Politics and International Relations


c.ibled (@gold.ac.uk)

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Carla's research focuses on neoliberal discourses, psychoanalytical theory, critical theory and cultural studies

Carla is a lecturer in the Department for Politics & International Relations, where she finished her PhD in 2021. Her research interests emerge from a critical engagement with contemporary discourses of neoliberalism, with a particular focus on the affective dimension, psychic power and embodied effects of these discourses. Her work is interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from neoliberalism studies, critical political economy, cultural economics and economic history, cultural studies, and psychoanalysis (particularly the work of Jacques Lacan and his interlocutors).

Carla is a member of the PERC Network and an editor of the PERC Blog. She is currently on research leave to conduct an ESRC/SeNSS postdoctoral fellowship with University of East Anglia and Goldsmiths.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Politics, Goldsmiths College - University of London 2021
  • MA Social and Political Thought, University of Sussex 2011
  • BA (Licence), Université Paris-Sorbonne 2010

Research interests

Critical neoliberal studies, psychoanalysis and politics (Lacan, Freud, Kristeva), poststructuralism, cultural studies, political philosophy and economic history

Publications and research outputs


Ibled, Carla. 2023. The ‘Optimistic Cruelty’ of Hayek’s Market Order: Neoliberalism, Pain and Social Selection. Theory, Culture & Society, 40(3), pp. 81-101. ISSN 0263-2764

Conferences and talks

2021: “‘Founder as Victim, Founder as God’: the two bodies of the iconic entrepreneur”
‘Psychosocial Bodies’, Association for Psychosocial Studies annual conference

2019: Addicted mothers as abject outsiders: the reconstitution of a neoliberal ethic of the self in McGarvey's Poverty Safari and J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Ele
‘Outsiders’, Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Annual Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

2018: The 'fear index': the autonomisation of the social imaginary of finance
Navigating Finance and the Imagination: Walking with Castoriadis in the City of London, UCL Urban Lab/ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL) Lakehead University