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Conference ─ Crash Culture: Humanities Engagements with Economic Crisis

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

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The Global Financial Crisis has radically changed the cultural landscape in the countries hit the hardest. Those countries include Spain and Greece, whose shared experience of the crisis reaches far beyond their similar-looking statistics. Both of these countries have seen a comparable efflorescence of cultural production and political engagement (especially in the form of the new populist parties Podemos and SYRIZA) born of the new economic and social realities. Although the Social Science disciplines may seem the most logical to account for the political and economic fallout of the 2008 crash, scholars in the Humanities are increasingly contributing to debates about economic crisis and political renewal, in scholarly and popular writings, news media, and activism.

In this one-day event, invited speakers and Brown faculty will explore how the Humanities can respond to economic crisis and political change, bringing Humanists and Social Scientists into a more substantive and timely two-way dialogue.


Luis Moreno Caballud, Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Sebastiaan Faber, Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College

Despina Lalaki, Social Science, New York City College of Technology, CUNY 

Konstantinos Poulis, The Press Project, Greece

10:30-12:40: Working Groups.  Separate area meetings for those working on Spain and Greece, followed by full group session. Please sign up to participate in this working group here.

5:45-7:45: Presentations and Roundtable, featuring invited guests and Brown faculty.  Moderated by Cornel Ban, Boston University. The respondent at the evening event is Alex Gourevitch, Political Science, Brown University ─ Joukowsky Forum  (Open to the public, no sign up required)

This event is organized by Johanna Hanink, Classics and TAPS and Sarah Thomas, Hispanic Studies, Brown University