Austere Cultures, Cultures of Austerity: Reactions to the Erosion of Critical Spaces

12 04 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS
Austere Cultures, Cultures of Austerity: Reactions to the Erosion of Critical Spaces
8-9 September 2011
School of Cultural Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University
Key note speakers: Professor Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds); Dr Rebecca Bramall (University of Brighton); Professor Les Back (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Picture this: an internationally renowned art historian, barefoot and on her knees, scrabbles amongst piles of books in an attempt to salvage a valuable collection about to be pulped because of lack of space; a distinguished sociologist shreds papers from his now defunct role and department whilst university management ‘suits’ scurry past him; Conservative Party Headquarters are ‘stormed’ in the most ardent expression of student dissent for decades.  Such images speak to the prevailing cultural zeitgeist of austerity.

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