Dr Rebecca Coleman

Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Austerity Futures: Debt, Temporality and Pessimism as an Austerity Mood

Date and time: Wednesday 13 May 2015 15:00-17:00

Venue: University of Tampere,  Pinni B, 3rd floor, Rm B3032

Abstract: This paper explores the relationships between austerity, debt and mood through a focus on temporality and the future. Its starting point is a poll, conducted in Britain in 2011, which showed an increase of pessimism about the future and led to suggestions that ‘a new pessimism’ had become the ‘national mood’. Drawing on this survey and other related examples, I ask whether and how pessimism about the future might be considered a mood characteristic of austerity in the UK, and examine some of the implications of the future being imagined not as better but as diminished. I explore the politics of pessimism about the future, focusing especially on the affects and emotions that women and young people might feel. In these senses, I aim to inquire about the kinds of futures that are imagined in the new ‘age of austerity’, and the affective experiences of such imaginations.

Respondent: Professor Susanna Paasonen, University of Turku

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Dr Rebecca Coleman presenting at Rethinking Economies.

Dr Rebecca Coleman presenting at Rethinking Economies.

Associate Professor Derek McCormack

School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University

The Spacetimes of Price and the Affective Circumstances of the Present

Date and time: Thursday 11 June  2015 15:00-17:00

Venue: University of Tampere,  Pinni B, 3rd floor, Rm B3032

Abstract: How might we understand the spacetimes that are generated around prices? This paper explores this question in a number of related ways. First, it considers how these spacetimes might be understood in affective terms. In doing so it pays particular attention to the circumstantial and atmospheric qualities of the affective spacetimes of price. Then, and second, it considers how these affective spacetimes become the focus of governmental and political concern through a range of techniques, drawing upon historical and contemporary examples. Finally, it reflects briefly on what is at stake in different ways of using price as a way of making explicit the affective circumstances of the present.

Respondent: Professor Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen, University of Tampere.

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Dr Derek McCormack presenting at Rethinking Economies

Dr Derek McCormack presenting at Rethinking Economies

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