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Dean Edits Special on Occupy Wall Street

Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean co-edited a special supplement of the online journal Theory & Event in which scholars focus on the Occupy Wall Street movement. The supplement became available online on Dec. 5, and will be available to the public for a three month period.

“These reflections aren’t outside of the event. They are part of it, pushing its momentum and understanding in some directions rather than others,” says Dean. “As a vivid and undeniable feature of our political setting, outrage over inequality, unemployment, debt, and the political power of money and corporations has a form for its expression. Occupation is that form.”

The supplemental content includes short contributions from leading public intellectuals and academics engaged with thinking about the events of the Occupy movement. Authors include Slavoj Zizek (“Actual Politics”), Wendy Brown (“Occupy Wall Street: Return of a Repressed Res-Publica”), Franco Berardi (“Collapse and Uprising in Europe”), and William Connolly (“What Is To Be Done?”). The issue also includes a timeline of significant events in the Occupy Wall Street movement as well as Dean’s own contribution, “Claiming Division, Naming a Wrong.”

Dean and co-editor Davide Panagia, of Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, discuss the supplement in a podcast, also available online.

Dean has been with the Colleges since 1993. She received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is a past recipient of the faculty award for scholarship. Dean is also the author of a wide-ranging body of work including “Aliens in America: Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace” and “Publicity’s Secret: How Technoculture Capitalizes on Democracy.” Her most recent books are “Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies” (Duke University Press 2009) and “Blog Theory” (Polity 2010).

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