Past Event

Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age

October 23, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall

Lecture by Michel Feher, in conversation with Bernard Harcourt and Adam Tooze, moderated by Camille Robcis

The hegemony of finance compels a new orientation for everyone and everything: companies care more about the moods of their shareholders than about longstanding commercial success; governments subordinate citizen welfare to appeasing creditors; and individuals are concerned less with immediate income from labor than with appreciation of their capital goods, skills, connections, and reputations. In this book, Belgian philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Feher explains the extraordinary shift in conduct and orientation generated by financialization. Above all, Feher articulates the new political resistances and aspirations that investees draw from their rated agency.

Event co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, and European Institute.