From Critical Moves to the Financialization of Life: A Symposium Celebrating the Work of Randy Martin. Friday, Dec. 12 at Pratt Institute

10:10 AM

Critical Moves 
to the
Financialization of Life

A Symposium Celebrating the Work of Randy Martin

DECEMBER 12, 11-2 PM 
Alumni Reading Room
Pratt Institute Library
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.
For maps and directions, scroll down or go to our RSVP page 

This symposium brings together a panel of distinguished speakers to explore the many areas of study that the work of Randy Martin has opened, as well as the vital role he has played in the establishment of Cultural Studies as an intellectually rigorous and politically committed pursuit. The first part of the symposium will focus on his work on dance and performance from a socially and politically engaged context both in the United States and in Latin America; and the second part will look at his innovative perspective on the study of the financial sector and, more specifically, of the derivative, which revitalizes Marxist critiques of contemporary capitalism by extending “cultural analysis” into modalities of interpretation and explanation of the “economic realm” – furthering in this manner, the project initiated by the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies. The wide-ranging, multidisciplinary constitution of the panel is as much a reflection as it is a testimony of the enormous conceptual wealth and depth of Randy Martin’s lifelong work.

Dance and Performance
Arjun Appadurai
(New York University)
Artistic Citizenship
Stanley Aronowitz
(CUNY Graduate Center)
Academic Labor, Marxism and Commitment
Ivan Zatz
(Pratt Institute)
The Financialization of Everyday Life
Cultures of Finance

Robert Wosnitzer
(New York University)
Cultures of Risk: From Skateboarders to Bond Traders
Working with Randy Martin, Sociologist

Dr. Martin holds degrees in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has studied, taught, and performed in dance, theater, and clowning in the United States and abroad. After his performing career, he proceeded to obtain a Ph.D. in Sociology, moving on to serve as Professor and Chair of Social Science at Pratt Institute; and then as Associate Dean of Faculty at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. Currently he is Professor of Art and Public Policy and Director of the Graduate Program in Arts Politics at theTisch School of the Arts. In addition to this extensive academic teaching and administration, he was for many years Editor of the acclaimed cultural studies journal, Social Text. He is the author of Performance as Political Act: The Embodied Self; Socialist Ensembles: Theater and State in Cuba and Nicaragua; Critical Moves: Dance Studies in Theory and Politics; On Your Marx: Relinking Socialism and the Left; Financialization of Daily Life; and Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial Logic of Risk Management. He has edited collections on U.S. Communism, sport and academic labor, including SportCult (with Toby Miller), Chalk Lines: The Politics of Work in the Managed University and most recently, Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts (with Mary Schmidt Campbell) and The Returns of Alwin Nikolais: Bodies, Boundaries, and the Dance Canon (with Claudia Gitelman). He has two forthcoming publications, The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics, to be released in December, and Knowledge LTD: Toward a Social Logic of the Derivative, to be released in April 2015.

“Randy Martin is an innovative scholar 

who navigates theory in cross disciplines 
of dance, economics, visual culture, 
marxism, humor and beyond. His 
intellectual influence has enlightened, 
expanded and deepened my artistic practice 
and research to a more profound place.”
Karen Finley
Arts Professor
Art and Public Policy
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
Please join us for this Symposium on the work of Prof. Randy Martin

This event is free and open to the public.

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