Cultures of Capitalism

New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Cultures of Capitalism

Fall 2021

Taught By: Benjamin Lee

Section: A

CRN: 8658

Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to the cultural dimensions of capitalism seen through Marxism (Marx, David Harvey, and Moishe Postone), neoliberal theories of subjectivity (John Rawls and Robert Nozick), and affect theory (Bergson, Deleuze, Lauren Berlant, and Sian Ngai). The immediate backdrop is the election of Donald Trump in 2016, which infused contemporary politics with feelings of risk, uncertainty, and volatility. This complicated history goes back to the early seventies when changes in the global economy provided the backdrop for the development of derivative finance, postmodernism, and the rise of neoliberalism. We will trace how these changes interact with the rise of the internet and digital media, which have their technical roots in the exploration of randomness and information, leading to our present "culture and politics of volatility."

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Liberal Studies (GLIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:15am 1/21/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:55pm - 2:45pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 611

Date Range: 9/3/2021 - 12/10/2021