Everyone is welcome!
CNR Research Seminar Series, 2014-15
Dear TINA: Crisis, Neoliberalism and Everyday Life
Dr. Myrto Tsilimpounidi, University of East London
Tuesday 18th November
University of East London, Docklands Campus
East Building EB.1.63
Time: 13.00 – 14.00
TINA is overqualified and under-employed.
John works two jobs but struggles to pay his iphone bill.
Chris is packing dog biscuits for a pound a day in the prison workshop.
Nabil just spent his last £100 on new Nikes.
Anna occupied the square and she bought the t-shirt.
Rafael buys a coke after protesting the World Cup in Rio.
These are accounts of how neoliberalism creates our desires; tales of the penetration of neoliberalism into everyday life. This Ministry of Untold Stories project investigates how people are being sold illusions of liberty, breath by breath.
Using radical performance practice to respond to pressing social concerns related to neoliberalism and everyday life, this is a timely investigation into some of the core problems faced by sociological perspectives on crisis and austerity. Using methods from visual sociology, it tackles the dual crisis of representation – both the political crisis of loss of faith in representative democracy as well as arguments about the partial, time-bound, subjective frame of photographic representations. These images frame a specific moment in Athens, Greece, as an exemplar of a society facing the consequences of five years of austerity politics.
Myrto Tsilimpounidi is a social researcher and photographer. Her research focuses on the interface between urbanism, culture, and innovative methodologies. Myrto is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of East London and the co-director of Ministry of Untold Stories. Recent publications include Remapping Crisis: A Guide to Athens (Zero Books). She is currently working on a monograph entitled Sociology of Crisis: Visualising Urban Austerity (Routledge).