Mobility in Post-Democracy II

Co-directors: Carin Kuoni, Director/Curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Zoe Carey, PhD Student Sociology, New School for Social Research

 

Led by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Mobility in Post-Democracy working group brought together faculty and graduate students from across The New School with practicing artists to explore the post democratic nature of our current moment. With the penetration of global capitalism into every regime type, and the increasing intervention of international actors into domestic politics, concerns about the demise of democracy are far from new. Post-democracy, as formulated by Colin Crouch, considers the narrowing of political possibilities in Western states with advanced capitalism that cater principally to financial interests of large corporate sponsors. By approaching this concept through the lens of mobility, the working group has elaborated and refined the original proposition of post democracy, considering new social movements and digital worlds while widening the geographic scope. These ongoing conversations will serve as the basis for programming throughout the 2016-17 academic year around the VLC’s biennial curatorial theme, Post-Democracy.

 

Goals

  • Continue interdisciplinary faculty conversations and collaborations. Faculty working group members listed the opportunity to meet and collaborate with faculty across disciplines and divisions as a major contribution to the intellectual life of The New School. We aim to continue these conversations, albeit on a smaller, more thematically focused scale with public programming that draws heavily on New School faculty.
  • Expand these conversations to a wider audience through public events and programming. The working group conducted extensive research over the 2015-16 academic year in the form of faculty interviews, roundtables, conversations, and extensive reading about post democracy. This research will form the basis of the 2016-17 Mobility in Post Democracy public programming, which aims to connect scholarship and critical thinking to the public.
  • Identify a faculty member to serve as editor of the Mobility in Post-Democracy publication. This faculty member will begin to identify potential book contributors and chapter themes, inspired by the public programming and their expertise in the area of post democracy.

 

Outcomes

  • Continue to develop an interdisciplinary framework: that engages mobility studies, democratic theory, post-colonialism, feminist studies, indigeneity, media studies, critical theory, and liberalism. This framework will be grounded in an extensive resource guide that will be expanded with future publications by working group members and the eventual post democracy publication.
  • Public Programs: will bring the conversations among the working group to a wider audience and expand the pool of interlocutors during the second year of the VLC’s biennial, curatorial theme.
  • Institutional Collaborations: with groups such as Indigenous NYC, Free Cooper Union, Art in General, and Public Art Fund, among others, will spread the Mobility in Post Democracy framework to additional organizations.
  • Post-Democracy Publication: will assemble voices and opinions from our working group and other contributors to explore central themes in post democracy. The themes and contributors will be heavily influenced by the public programs, as well as interviews and roundtable conversations from the previous cycle of the working group.