Neoliberal Visions: Culture, Gender and Subjectivity, South-South Dialogues

The Middle East Centre, London School of Economics


Institute of Women’s Studies, Birzeit University (in conjunction with Muwatin Institute)

Present the November 2021 Webinar Series

Neoliberal Visions: Culture, Gender and Subjectivity, South-South Dialogues

This interdisciplinary seminar series is part of the LSE-Birzeit collaborative project “Neoliberal Visions”. Bringing scholars together from anthropology, gender studies, media and communications, Middle East studies, and human geography, it explores the cultural, gendered, and psychic lives of neoliberalism beyond the global north. Focused instead on south-south dialogues, panellists theorise neoliberal dynamics through empirical case studies from Palestine, Lebanon, Barbados, Nigeria, India, and Colombia. Moving beyond political economic approaches to neoliberal transformations, the seminar series underscores how neoliberal shifts are reshaping gendered, social, and cultural subjectivities across a range of different - yet interconnected - transnational contexts.


Dr. Christopher Harker, University College London

Christopher Harker is Associate Professor of Geography at University College London where he directs the Research and PhD Programs at the Institute of Global Prosperity. His ethnographically informed work in human geography on aspects of space and social life in Palestine have appeared in Geoforum, Antipode, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. In his recent book, Spacing Debt: Obligations, Violence and Endurance in Ramallah, Palestine (Duke University Press, 2020) he analyses the roles played by neoliberal financialization in the form of household bank debt amidst a broader range of socio-cultural and economic practices to create new modes of living in Palestine in the face of ongoing colonial occupation. His current research focuses on elite led “financial inclusion”, processes through which poorer people become enfolded into financial technologies, practices and markets.

Prof. Carla Freeman, Emory College

Carla Freeman is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and is the Executive Associate Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences. A cultural anthropologist and feminist scholar of gender, labour, and globalization, her work examines the changing forms and meanings of work/life in the 20th and 21st centuries, and the growing role of affect and affective labour across market and non-market economies. Her theorization of gender, class, subjectivity, and neoliberalism is grounded in ethnographic fieldwork over thirty years in the Caribbean. She has published three books: High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy (Duke University Press, 2000), Entrepreneurial Selves (Duke University Press, 2014) and Global Middle Classes (with Rachel Heiman and Mark Liechty, SAR Press) and numerous journal articles in: American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Feminist Anthropology, Signs, and Critique of Anthropology. She is the editor (with Li Zhang, UC-Davis) of Oxford University Press’ series of contemporary ethnography, "Issues of Globalization" and is the past President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology. Freeman is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Centre for the History of Emotions, and is working on a book on the expansion of emotional labour under late capitalism. 

Dr. Simidele Dosekun, London School of Economics (LSE)

Dr Simidele Dosekun is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Her research centres African women in order to explore questions of gender, race, subjectivity, and power in a global context. Her recent book, Fashioning Postfeminism: Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture (Illinois University Press 2020) traces ideas and practices about postfeminist self-fashioning and subjectivity among young urban women in Lagos, Nigeria, in order to show how postfeminist styles and subjectivities are not fixed, but are transformed as they travel across culture, geography, race and class. She is also the author and co-editor of African Luxury: Aesthetics and Politics (Intellect Books 2019). Her work has appeared in the journals Feminist Media Studies, Feminism and Psychology, Qualitative Inquiry, and Feminist Africa, among others. 

Chairs: Dr. Polly Withers LSE, Dr. Rema Hammami BZU

23 Nov 2021
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