Viernes 20 de Abril, 6pm
Space, Value, and Mobility across the Neoliberal Americas (NYU Press)
by Arlene Dávila
6 - 7:30pm, reception and conversation with the author
A festive reception and tango milonga will follow from 7:30 - 9:00pm.
Come dance tango or just spectate while enjoying some drinks with DJ KO.
Please RSVP to Betsy Steve: firstname.lastname@example.org
Culture Works addresses
and critiques an important dimension of the “work of culture,” an
argument made by enthusiasts of creative economies that culture
contributes to the GDP, employment, social cohesion, and other forms of
neoliberal development. While culture does make important contributions
to national and urban economies, the incentives and benefits of
participating in this economy are not distributed equally, due to
restructuring that neoliberal policies have wrought from the 1980s on,
as well as long-standing social structures, such as racism and classism,
that breed inequality. The cultural economy promises to make life
better, particularly in cities, but not everyone can take advantage of
it for decent jobs.
Exposing and challenging the
taken-for-granted assumptions around questions of space, value and
mobility that are sustained by neoliberal treatments of culture, Culture Works
explores some of the hierarchies of cultural workers that these
engender, as they play out in a variety of settings, from shopping malls
in Puerto Rico and art galleries in New York to tango tourism in Buenos
Aires. Noted scholar Arlene Dávila brilliantly reveals how similar
dynamics of space, value and mobility come to bear in each location,
inspiring particular cultural politics that have repercussions that are
both geographically specific, but also ultimately global in scope.