Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean recently delivered two invited lectures in London. On Dec. 9, 2010, she delivered “Is Democracy Possible? Sure. This is what democracy looks like!” as the keynote address at a symposium on the future of democracy and media’s contribution to that future organized by SAGE and Goldsmiths College’s Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy. A video of her lecture is available online.
On Dec. 10, she discussed her new book, “Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive” at a book launch sponsored by the Theory Research Group at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Dean said that one of the most exciting aspects of the symposium was the lunch break, when all the speakers and attendees joined in the student demonstration against cuts and fee increases in education.
“Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive” is Dean’s 10th book. It offers a critical theory of contemporary media, including topics such as blogging, friending, and texting. In her discussions, Dean expanded on the concept of communicative capitalism that she first introduced in her books “Publicity’s Secret” (Cornell University Press 2002) and “Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies” (Duke University Press 2009). More about the book is available online.
Joining the HWS faculty in 1993, Dean received her B.A. from Princeton University and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. In recent years, she has given invited lectures in Peru, England, Wales, Croatia, the Netherlands, and various colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S. She currently holds the title of Erasmus Professor of the Humanities in the Faculty of Philosophy at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and is the co-editor of the international journal Theory and Event.