This is my blog post that appeared on the Theory, Culture & Society blog on 27 April 2015.
The publication of The Birth of Biopolitics in 2008, which was the translation into English of Michael Foucault’s 1978-79 lectures at the College de France, has generated an important body of scholarship that has sought to engage the themes of Foucault’s lectures in light of contemporary concerns. The timeliness of this publication was seen by many to arise from its contemporary relevance.
My paper for the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia 2012 Annual Conference can now be downloaded here.
The paper is titled “Culture Good, Economy Bad? Cultual Economy Beyond Binary Oppositions”.
The conference theme is Materialities: Economies, Empiricism, & Things, and it will be held from 4-6 December at the University of Sydney.
This is the full version of the article that was published in an edited form in The Australian Higher Education on 28 November.
Time to Let Go of Neoliberalism
A very familiar situation now plays itself out around Australia, and around the world, at academic conferences. You may attend a session on some topic of current interest – climate change, reality TV, Bollywood, university restructurings, urban riots, etc. – and then the speaker will pin down what it is that