The next session of the Austerity Futures seminar series has been announced and is scheduled to take place on the 13th of March at the University of York. Here’s the blurb:
Performative futures: expectations, promises and failures pre- and post-austerity
It is often argued that we should understand expectations as ‘constitutive’ or ‘performative’, but more needs to be said about how this is so. How do some visions and expectations of the future emerge as accepted versions of how things will be while others do not? In what ways are these visions altered in an austerity society? What performative role is played by the discourses, events and practices associated with austerity? In what way does austerity articulate with fundamental changes in the restructuring of the state, welfare, the private sector? How do these forces articulation with personal futures, personal liability, risk and individual accountability?
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