Exit Capitalism, Simon During, Oct 1

Thursday, 01 October 2009, 6PM
Wollman Hall (Eugene Lang College)
65 W. 11th St., 5th Floor (enter 66 W. 12th St.)
free, open to the public

Simon During
Exit Capitalism

Exit Capitalism explores a new path for cultural studies and re-examines
key moments of British cultural and literary history. Simon During
argues that the long and liberating journey towards democratic state
capitalism has led to an unhappy dead-end from which there is no
imaginable exit. In this context, what do the humanities look like?
What’s alive and what’s dead in the culture and its heritage? It
becomes clear that the contemporary world order remains imperfect not
just because it is unjust but because it cannot meet ethical standards
produced in a past that still knew genuine hope. Simon During emphasizes
the need to rethink the position of Christianity and religion in the
past, and at a more concrete level, also analyzes how the decline of the
socialist ideal and the emergence of endgame capitalism helped to
produce both modern theory and cultural studies as academic fields.

Simon During came to Hopkins in 2002 from the University of Melbourne.
His most recent book is Cultural Studies: a Critical Introduction
(Routledge 2005). He is also author of Modern Enchantments: the cultural
power of secular magic (Harvard 2002) which examines the broad cultural
effects of entertainment magic. His previous books are Foucault and
Literature (Routledge 1993), and Patrick White (Oxford 1998). He is the
editor of the Cultural Studies Reader (Routledge 1993 and 1998) and has
also written on postcolonial/globalisation theory and British literature
in the period 1760-1900. Currently he is pursuing research projects on
the literature of settler colonialism and on the history of literary
subjectivity in Britain 1750-1950.

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