Monster Politics: Austerity, Hegemony & Being Out of Place

15 June 2017

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Venue: Doomed Gallery, 65-67 Ridley Road, Dalston, London, E8 2NP

Organiser: Kirsten Forkert & Debra Benita Shaw

Kirsten Forkert and Debra Benita Shaw are academics and activists. Their latest books (to be published later this year) both deal, in various ways, with monster politics, new social movements, responses to austerity and the right to the city. The event is co-sponsored by Doomed Gallery and the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London

This session is about monsters and how they are made. The politics of austerity produces monstrous others who stand as scapegoats for the effects of reduced public spending; refugees are conflated with monstrous immigrants so as to be denied human rights; young black men are characterised as monsters so as to justify police brutality; monsters threaten our children and the spectre of the monstrous crowd is conjured in the service of law and order. Kirsten and Debra will lead a discussion about austerity, normality and the representation of monsters in popular media. Are we all potentially monsters? Or are some of us more monstrous than others? Is it possible to claim a position of monstrosity, of being ‘out of place’ as the basis for a revitalised left-popular politics?