Cultural Theory’s Uses and Abuses of Capital. A Seminar with Gail Day

PhD seminars series 2011-2012
The Project: the Rise and Fall of a Political and Artistic Paradigm.
Friday December 2nd from 16.00 to 19.00 – J.J.P. Oud room
Third Seminar with Gail Day

The presentation forms part of a larger study that tracks the emergence of what remains a highly influential account of the politics of contemporary culture. The argument considers on how accounts of culture and art, which influenced by and sympathetic to the New Left, responded to and deployed the categories of Marx’s Capital. In particular, the paper engages with Fredric Jameson’s essays, which associate recent so-called ‘isometric’ architecture with finance capital, to challenge the notion of ‘abstraction’ he advances.

Gail Day is Senior Lecturer at the School of Fine Art, History and Cultural Studies at University of Leeds. She is author of Dialectical Passions: Negation in Postwar Art Theory (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010)