CGS to present lecture on 'Global Finance and the Politics of Abstraction'

December 01, 2015

The Center for Global Studies at Penn State will be hosting a lecture by Christian Haines on Dec. 10, titled “The Scored Life, or, Global Finance and the Politics of Abstraction.” The lecture will explore the power of financial abstractions to foster life or to disallow life to the point of death. It also ask whether or not an alternate model of financial literacy – one which does not presume the necessity of capitalism – might be worth pursuing. The talk will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 124 Sparks on the University Park campus.

Christian Haines is assistant professor of English at Dartmouth College. His work has appeared in journals including Criticism, Genre, and Cultural Critique, and he is a contributing editor for Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. Haines’ work spans a wide variety of comparative fields regarding finance and societal impacts through literature and culture. He is currently working on the book "A Desire Called America: Biopolitics, Utopia, and the Literary Commons" and a project tentatively named "Finance as a Way of Life."

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Last Updated December 02, 2015