Ideology of politics explored in high profile conference
23 March 2015
Ahead of the 2015 election, Canterbury Christ Church University, in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London, hosted a two day conference exploring current and historical political ideologies.
The conference entitled Postpolitics and Neoliberalism delved into the ideological, cultural, linguistic and historical dimensions of the contemporary postpolitical movement, and its relationship to neoliberalism.
Neoliberalism is known as the late 19th Century theory of enhancing personal liberty by limiting government interest in business and free markets.
Themes across the two day event will delve into the ideological, cultural, linguistic and historical dimensions of the contemporary postpolitical movement, and its relationship to neoliberalism.
High profile guest speakers included Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist, Neal Lawson, Chair of the pressure group Compass, and writer Owen Hatherley, author of Militant Modernism.
Eliane Glaser, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities, said: “Traditional politics is dead, dying, or changing into something new. Parties are multiplying and the old categories of left and right don't seem to make sense any more. With voter disengagement and the emergence of parties, many people regard the system as broken.
“It's hard to make sense of what is really going on from the daily news churn. This conference brought together academics, commentators and think tank directors to get behind the headlines and take a closer look at what is happening to our politics as general election campaigning gets underway.”