Where Do Neoliberals Go After the Market?

Will Davies nos avisa de la siguiente conferencia:

Where Do Neoliberals Go After the Market? – A one day conference, 13th June. University of Warwick. 10am-6.30pm. Room S0.21.

Neoliberalism is commonly identified as a belief in the self-regulating powers of markets, especially financial markets. Markets, from this perspective, are powerful information-processors, which are uniquely capable of governing complex societies while preserving liberty. In recent decades, financial institutions have added further computational power, which, among other things, has led to the automation of trading and the calculation and simulation of market scenarios to manage risk. The financial crisis has been perceived by some as the outcome of this collision between markets and increasingly ‘performative’ economics.

But where does this leave neoliberalism and its technical ideal of freedom? Does it simply require more markets or greater computational power to prevent future crises? Or are we witnessing the emergence of a different neoliberalism, based on different technologies and ideologies of liberty, in appeals to ‘Big Data’ and ‘openness’? Might software and ‘open data’ usurp the primacy of the price system in the neoliberal imagination, as tools of governance in complex modern societies? To what extent are the political desires of the digital elite – from Hackers to Silicon Valley – amenable to the neoliberal project?

This one-day conference will address these questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including software studies, history of economics, political theory, media studies, international political economy and economic sociology.

Speakers

  • Prof Philip Mirowski, University of Notre Dame
  • Prof Shirin Rai, University of Warwick – ‘Unpaid work and depletion in neoliberal times’
  • Dr Richard Barbrook, University of Westminster – ‘The Californian Ideology Revisited’
  • Dr Orit Halpern, New School for Social Research – ‘The Infrastructure of Neo-liberalism? Cybernetics, Design, and Urbanism circa 1970’
  • Dr David Berry, Swansea University – ‘Coding Neoliberalism: Algorithms, Markets and Computational Imaginaries’
  • Dr Johan Soderberg, Université Paris-Est/Écoles des Ponts – ‘Automating Amateurs: the cunning of instrumental reason’
  • Dr Will Davies, University of Warwick – ‘The Revenge of the Social: Neoliberalism between “socialist calculation” and “social analytics”‘
  • Dr Nathaniel Tkacz, University of Warwick – ‘The Data Signal’

Conference themes

  • Neoliberal responses to financial crisis
  • The invention and reinvention of ‘competition’
  • The philosophy and techniques of ‘openness’
  • The persistence and reinvention of the market
  • The intersections between neoliberalism and cybernetics
  • The significance of data and ‘Big Data’ to the evolution of neoliberalism
  • The role of specific devices in visions of freedom
  • The political lineages of ‘hackers’

More information here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/cim/news/?newsItem=094d43d53dee984e013df447284b16f8

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