In Thursday’s lecture, Dr. William Mazzarella will consider “populism as political theology.” The lecture will examine the populist ground for political authority, reconsidering questions of sovereignty, embodiment and mediation that were introduced in prior sessions. On Friday’s seminar session, we will continue examining these themes, focusing on the question of "the neoliberal" and its relation to political enjoyment. Specifically, we will consider the relationship between fantasy, affect, and economy that shape the libidinal relation between liberalism and right-wing populist projects across the globe.
Lecture (open to the public): Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6-7:30pm MST
- Register in advance for this meeting: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuduuprzMsG9WqM2rcYxkkHh3VSS…
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Seminar: Friday, March 5, 2021, 11am-12:30pm MST
Curator: Luciana Chamorro, Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Neoliberalism at the Neopopulist Crossroads Sawyer Seminar
William T.S. Mazzarella writes and teaches on the political anthropology of mass publicity, critical theory, affect and aesthetics, psychoanalysis, ritual and performance, and the occult shadow of the modern. His books include Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (Duke, 2003), Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity (Duke, 2013), The Mana of Mass Society (Chicago, 2017), and, with Eric Santner and Aaron Schuster, Sovereignty, Inc: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment (Chicago, 2020). He is also the co-editor, with Raminder Kaur, of Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction (Indiana, 2009), and the editor of K D Katrak: Collected Poems (Poetrywala, 2016). His article 'The Anthropology of Populism: Beyond the Liberal Settlement' appears in the 2019 issue of Annual Review of Anthropology. For a sampling of Dr Mazzarella’s publications, please visit his academia.edu profile. https://chicago.academia.edu/WilliamMazzarella
Seminar readings (links to password protected PDFs):
Mazzarella, William. (2019). "Brand (ish) ing the name, or, why is Trump so enjoyable?." In Sovereignty Inc.: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment, University of Chicago Press.
- Comaroff, Jean. (2012). "Pentecostalism, populism and the new politics of affect." In Pentecostalism and Development, pp. 41-66. Palgrave Macmillan, London.
- Sanchez, Rafael. (forthcoming) "Humpty Dumpty Populism: Theopolitics and the Retreat of the Politico-Theological in Venezuela (and Elsewhere)." Social Analysis.
- Klotz, Marcia and Leerom Medovoi. (2021) "Neoliberal Political Theology" In Religion, Secularism and Belonging. Duke University Press
- Seat, Karen (unpublished paper). “Conservative Christian Tax Resisters and the Neoliberal Family”