Glenn Rikowski, Capitorg: Education and the Constitution of the Human in Contemporary Society.
Date & Venue: Wednesday, May 25th, 6-8pm. Harry Clarke Room, NCAD, Dublin 8.
Time: 6 – 8pm
Educator Glenn Rikowski will be visiting Dublin to talk on
Capitorg: Education and the Constitution of the Human in Contemporary Society.
Our life is constrained by the social relations that Capital coordinates. The Educational discourses of neoliberalism, promoting literacy for job opportunities, economic advancement, and individual success are of paramount importance to producing human capital rather than human beings. Neoliberal literacy includes training students and workers to accept “a new work discipline” and conditioning their will to maximize the accumulation of capital and wealth. As students increase their marketability, they “are always already shaped by the labyrinthine circuits of capitalist desire” (McLaren & Farahmandpur, 2002, 241). We are not just learning, teaching, and living in neoliberal capitalist societies, but are becoming “a new life-form: human-capital” through “the capitalization of humanity” (Rikowski, 2002, 111).
Biographical note: Dr. Glenn Rikowski is a senior lecturer in Education Studies in the School of Education at the University of Northampton.