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The Reassembling of Things: Financialization, Value, and the Work of “Doing Gender” in the Contemporary Dutch University

By L.G. Weber


This project explores how financialization – as a process that reorganizes and reorients relations – transforms predominant thinking around the value of knowledge and the work of critical education within the contemporary Dutch University. Sourcing the scenes and practices of the Dutch university system and the financial/debt crisis generally, as well as Utrecht’s graduate Gender Studies program and the New University movement specifically, I mobilize Marxian critical theories of financialization and cognitive capitalism to situate these structural, social, and temporal changes. Through multiple registers – financial, affective, & political – a transdisciplinary and multi-scaled approach helps to understand the conceptions of value, representation, and student biopower as forces at play in the (re)assembling of Gender studies, interdisciplinarity, and critical epistemologies under financialization. Ultimately, this project aims at an affirmative and critical reading of the present moment, assessing the effects (and affects) of established feminist knowledge practices, scholastic quantification and commensurability, and academic reproductive labor as they are collapsed into the same space and time of abiding financial, institutional, and disciplinary crises

Topics: Financialization, Gender Studies, Value, Crisis, Student Biopower, Affective Labor, Debt, the Commons
Year: 2016
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