Neoliberalism + Biopolitics Working Group | Politics of the Debt

Michael Kowen

“Politics of the Debt” is a discussion of an essay by Professor Balibar on the new configurations of the “debt economy.” The focus on debt and financialization opens our discussion to larger questions of subjectivity, subjection, and citizenship under neoliberal capitalism. “Politics of the Debt” is available in advance by emailing critical_theory@berkeley.edu. Response by Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley.

Étienne Balibar was born in 1942. He graduated from the École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne in Paris, and later took his PhD from the University of Nijmegen. After teaching in Algeria and France, he is currently Anniversary Chair of Contemporary European Philosophy at Kingston University London and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York. His books include Reading Capital (with Louis Althusser) (Verso, 1965), Race, Nation, Class. Ambiguous Identities (Verso, 1991, with Immanuel Wallerstein), Masses, Classes, Ideas (Routledge, 1994), The Philosophy of Marx (Verso, 1995), Spinoza and Politics (Verso, 1998), We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Princeton, 2004), Identity and Difference: John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness (Verso, 2013).

These events are free and open to the public. Registration is full for both December 9 and 10. Admission on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open half an hour prior to start time.

The Neoliberalism + Biopolitics Working Group is supported by The Program in Critical Theory, UC Berkeley’s Divisions of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. The program is organized by UC Berkeley graduate students William Callison (Ph.D. Candidate Political Science, DE Critical Theory) and Zachary Manfredi (Ph.D. Candidate Rhetoric), and supervised by Program in Critical Theory faculty Martin Jay (Professor of History) and Wendy Brown (Professor of Political Science).