THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. We hope to reschedule at a later date.
Media@McGill is excited to present a talk by Nancy Fraser, Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York.
The title of her talk is "Crisis of care? On the social-reproductive contradictions of financialized capitalism" and will take place on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6 p.m., at the Faculty of Law, Moot Court, 3644 Peel Street.
The Lecture is free and open to the public.
Bio: Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. She also holds an international research chair in “Global Justice” at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris and a “Professorship II” at the Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo. A specialist in critical social theory and political philosophy, Fraser is the author of Domination et anticipation : pour un renouveau de la critique, with Luc Boltanski (2014); Transnationalizing the Public Sphere: Nancy Fraser debates her Critics (2014); Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis (2013); Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space for a Globalizing World (2008); Adding Insult to Injury: Nancy Fraser Debates her Critics (2008); Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange, with Axel Honneth (2003); Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "Postsocialist" Condition (1997); and Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse, and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory (1989). Her current research centers on the themes of crisis, critique, and capitalism.
Abstract: Many observers posit that we are living through a “crisis of democracy.” But what exactly is in crisis here? Are our current care deficits rooted primarily in an “imbalance of family and work,” and can they be solved by reforming the latter? Or are we facing a broader, more far-reaching crisis, of which the “crisis of care” constitutes but one strand, inextricably interwoven with others? And in that case, what is the true object of the crisis, and what are its deep-structural sources?
I argue that our present dysfunctions of care are best understood as expressions, under historically specific contemporary conditions, of a general tendency to social-reproductive crisis that is intrinsic to capitalist societies. I elaborate this thesis in three steps. First, I propose a general account of “the social-reproductive contradiction of capitalism” as such, without reference to any particular historical form. Then, I sketch the unfolding of this contradiction in two previous historical forms of capitalist society: the liberal competitive capitalism of the 19th century, and the state-managed form of the 20th. Finally, I sketch an account of our current crisis of care as the expressions of capitalism’s social-reproductive contradiction in its present, financialized phase.
Media@McGill would like to thank the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation and the Dean of Arts Development Fund (DADF) for sponsoring this event.