Indiana University Bloomington

Neoliberalism: Foundations and Critique

Neoliberalism has become a term so overused that it risks losing all meaning. In Fall 2020, the Theory Center devotes itself to a sustained investigation of neoliberalism’s conceptual and historical origins, its ambitions and its utopian desires. We also explore the critiques that have been advanced in response to neoliberal politico-economic theory and practice. The Center reading group begins by reading excerpts from foundational neoliberal thinkers. We then submit neoliberal thought and practice to scrutiny by delving into its genealogy. We examine topics such as debt and indebtedness, democracy, extraction, political theology, race, policing, and mass incarceration, among others.

This term, three invited speakers lend fresh insights to our discussion. Sandro Mezzadra, Verónica Gago, and Gabriel Rockhill rank among today’s most acute critics of neoliberalism. Finally, next February, Wendy Brown, arguably the most prominent scholar of neoliberalism, joins us for a lecture and discussion.

All Center events are open to the public.

Conversation with Sianne Ngai:
A Book That Changed My Mind

Sianne Ngai, one of our boldest thinkers of aesthetic experience, tells us about a book that changed her mind: Fredric Jameson's The Political Unconscious. Join us to learn how this book changed Ngai's mind.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 4:30 pm, on Zoom. More ->



Center Events Go Online

For the time being, the Center reading group meets online. Please see here for details. The same goes for the lectures by our invited guests.

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