Hobbes, Karl Schmitt, Loïc Wacquant

Polanyi, Schmitt, Bourdieu: Rethinking the Neo-Liberal State (lecture by Loïc Wacquant)

Next Thursday sociologist Loïc Wacquant (University of California, Berkeley) will give a public lecture on the the seemingly fluid phenomenon of neo-liberalism as a political project of state-crafting – instead of, for instance, a model for public governance or governenmentality strategy. Talking of Polanyi, Schmitt (‘the two Karls’) and Bourdieu, Wacquant takes up the latter’s concept of the ‘bureaucratic field’ to discuss the emergence and characteristic of what he calls the neo-liberal Leviathan. I wonder what that could be – and who or what could confront this principle of contemporary cooperation with the irresolvable problem of the modern ‘Foole’.

University of Amsterdam, 15th March, 16:00 – 18:00, Doelenzaal.