Culture, Space, Violence: The Neoliberal Imaginary Critical Theories of Today’s Dominant Worldview

Catherine Liu
Film & Media Studies
UC Irvine

“Culture, Space, Violence: The Neoliberal Imaginary‚” brought together a diverse group of international scholars engaging in robust discussion on the historical tendencies and political contours of contemporary cultural critique. Identifying the direction of neoliberalism’s spatial, political and economic aspirations for global domination, the conference examined how neoliberalism presents a coherent worldview, a system of representations, a “culture” in the broad sense of a structured imaginary. Participants  created the tools of engagement and analysis capable of confronting its relentless attempts to re-imagine community, freedom, identity, creativity and critique itself.