Actions and Detail Panel
MONSTER POLITICS – AUSTERITY, HEGEMONY AND BEING OUT OF PLACE
Thu 15 June 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
This session is about monsters and how they are made. The politics of austerity produces monstrous others who stand as scapegoats for the effects of reduced public spending; refugees are conflated with monstrous immigrants so as to be denied human rights; young black men are characterised as monsters so as to justify police brutality; monsters threaten our children and the spectre of the monstrous crowd is conjured in the service of law and order.
Kirsten and Debra will lead a discussion about austerity, normality and the representation of monsters in popular media. Are we all potentially monsters? Or are some of us more monstrous than others? Is it possible to claim a position of monstrosity, of being ‘out of place’ as the basis for a revitalised left-popular politics?