Precarisation, Indebtedness, Giving Time To have no time, to tirelessly do more at once, to become increasingly flexible, to constantly change goals, plans, preferences—and to earn less and less. All this characterises neoliberal work and life. And furthermore, it describes central aspects of subjectivation in an economy of debt.
The Form of the Improper: Clarice Lispector and the Rhetoric of Precarity Abstract In her novel The Hour of the Star, from 1977, Brazilian author Clarice Lispector transformed the cultural figurations of poverty that shaped modern Brazilian cultures since the 1930s. In doing so, she opened the possibility for the emergence of a new figure:… Continue reading 30.2 | Gabriel Giorgi
Terrorism, Precarity, Security: 9/11 Revisited Abstract This essay re-examines 9/11 through the twin lenses of security and precarity. As Judith Butler writes, Americans experienced “something like the loss of their First Worldism” in 2001 (Precarious Life 39). What followed – a profound reconfiguration of the security paradigm – was coupled with an unprecedented wave of anti-intellectualism. In… Continue reading 30.2 | Jago Morrison
Precarity on Stage: the Creative and Political Dimensions of Affect in Ceresoli’s Theatre Production La Merda Abstract The theatre monologue The Shit / La Merda won several prizes. This play on humiliation and anger can be linked to precarity in various ways. Firstly, the woman’s narrative on her proximate television audition reveals how socioeconomic precarity… Continue reading 30.2 | Monica Jansen
Precarious Art and the Aesthetics of the Precarious Gaze Abstract Precarious art refers to depictions of the economically underprivileged which invite the assumed non- or not-yet-precarious onlooker to face the other of class. In looking at these images, the privileged are forced to acknowledge the suffering of the underrepresented. Precarious art thus does what moral… Continue reading 30.2 | Sieglinde Lemke
Precarity as an Artistic Laboratory for Counter-Hegemonic Labour Organization Abstract Understanding the art field as a testing ground for our current neoliberal labour condition, we argue in this article how that same terrain can also function as a battle field; a field of “agonism” where counter-hegemonic responses can be developed. It will be argued how… Continue reading 30.2 | Lara Garcia Diaz and Pascal Gielen
Neoliberalism, Precarity, and Precariousness Abstract The concepts of precarity and precariousness have become increasingly prominent in economic, philosophical, sociological, and activist discourse in recent decades. This article argues that the concepts allow for critiques of both economic and social injustice, and, as such, are of central importance to debates concerning the future of work, neoliberalism,… Continue reading 30.2 | Niels Springveld