Founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies to Speak


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Dr. Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies, and Sociology at the University of Alberta, will be giving a talk titled” Entrepreneurship as the New Common Sense” on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:30am-12:00pm, in PAS 2438.

Abstract:

“In discussions of economics, development, employment, and politics, the figure of the entrepreneur has become a kind of master-signifier or episteme that structures life and experience within the global North.  And the episteme is not limited to these fields: it has crept into the world of arts, culture, education, and everyday behavior, colonizing the social—and the thinkable—as such. Terms such as “social entrepreneurship,” the “cultural entrepreneur,” and “the entrepreneurial self” have become more and more commonplace, linking the financial, social, artistic, and organizational. Adopting entrepreneurial modes of life and behavior is increasingly linked with correct behavior, with doing one’s part in society by maintaining the appropriate orientation both to external fields of possibility (the social, economic, aesthetic, political and so on) and to the internal field of one’s own self.  In this paper, I will explore some of the ways in which the idea of entrepreneurship and the figure of the entrepreneurial subject circulate and operate today. What does the rise of entrepreneurship tell us about where we are today?”

From his website: Dr. Szeman “is the founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and a founding member of the US Cultural Studies Association. Szeman is founding editor of Reviews in Cultural Theory and a member of the editorial collective of the journal Mediations. Current projects include: a book on the cultural politics of oil; an edited collection on energy, history and politics; and a major companion to critical and cultural theory.”

All are welcome.

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