NSF Workshop: Neoliberal Fever – Precarity, Hope & Future Making

Sept 28-30, 2017
University of Michigan
School of Information
Department of Communication Studies
Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Division: CISE-IIS-CHS (PI Lindtner).
Silvia Lindtner
Aswin Punathambekar
Seyram Avle
Cindy Lin
Jean Hardy
The notion that we live in a moment of precarity and instability is central not only to scholarly work but also to broader discourse, mobilized by political leaders and media. Across diverse political and economic regions, entrepreneurship, innovation thinking, and hands-on tinkering are touted as solutions to this economic and social instability, all the while masking behind a rhetoric of techno-utopianism a further expansion of neoliberal ideals.

Themes: global shifts in work and labor, precarity, digital labor, physical labor, neoliberal governance, post-neoliberalism, austerity, global trade relations, discourse of tech innovation and future making, techno-governance, politics of design and digital technology/media.