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Surplus: A Symposium on Wealth, Waste and Excess

Starts: Jun 21, 2013 10:00 AM

Finishes: Jun 21, 2013 05:00 PM

Venue: Room B34, Birkbeck Main Building

Booking details: Free entry; booking required

Event description



In times of austerity it is especially important to think about surplus.

All civilizations have been built on surplus – an economic, political or cultural capital over and above a minimum which a given society requires to survive. But how is such surplus defined and measured? How is it produced and distributed? What indeed is the relationship between wealth and waste, excess and poverty, scarcity and conflict?

These and other related questions will be addressed at three interconnected roundtables dealing with scarcity, conflict, demography, precarity, rubbish, democracy and protest. The format will enable genuinely cross-disciplinary conversations on some of the most pressing social phenomena of our day, ranging  from mass unemployment (or ‘redundancy’) to the ‘irrational exuberance’ of financial markets; from ‘imperial overstretch’ of American foreign policy to the ‘social explosion’ among marginalised urban populations across the world.

Panelists will include: Eric SwyngedouwJames MeadwaySimon ChoatJohn ScanlanAlberto Toscano Lisa McKenzieDanny Dorling,  Joel McKimAnna StavrianakisSue BranfordEmma M Jones and Esther Leslie.

This event is free – register here

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