Postpolitics and Neoliberalism: Call for Papers

A call for papers for a conference on Postpolitics and Neoliberalism has just been issued that may be of interest to members. From the CFP:

Politics is dead, dying, or changing into something new. The word ‘ideology’ has become a term of abuse, associated especially with the ‘utopian’ old left. Commitment and belief have become ‘tribalism’ and ‘dogma’. Technocracy, pragmatism, and single-issue campaigns are the order of the day. As the public tune out and turn away, politicians perform increasingly desperate acts of self-abasement. Anti-Westminster mavericks are on the rise. Everywhere there are calls to shrink the state. Yet a politics that exists outside the theatre of the state has yet to be imagined.

As the 2015 election fast approaches, this two-day conference will explore the ideological, cultural, linguistic and historical dimensions of the contemporary postpolitical moment, and its relationship to neoliberalism. With participants drawn from academic, writing, and campaigning backgrounds, the conference will bring together a range of approaches in order to grasp the enduring subtext of the all-consuming and all-erasing daily news churn.

  • Are political fragmentation and the apparent demise of left and right part of an inevitable and epochal transformation, or a contingent neoliberal strategy, designed to foreclose any possibility of coherent challenge or change?
  • What underlying meanings can be gleaned from the zombie lexicon of traditional politics in the run-up to a general election? How are its mangled euphemisms and ideological inversions to be interpreted?
  • At a time when the centre ground appears to be shifting ever farther to the right, what is the real nature of the public need for the ‘properly political’, and to what uses is it being put?
  • What is the difference between new forms of popular politics and a resurgent populism?
  • Are new forms of political language – framing, narratives and so on – articulating idealism or repurposing spin?
  • Does the proliferation of grassroots initiatives constitute a new grand paradigm, or unwittingly reflect neoliberalism’s dispersed hegemony?

Full CFP here.

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