PhD defense: Gregory Sholette
Gregory Sholette, AHM PhD candidate, will defend his dissertation entitled 'Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism', supervised by Prof. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes and co-supervisor Dr Jeroen Boomgaard.
Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism is an investigation into specific cultural changes that have taken place in a period of intense socio-economic change and instability beginning roughly in the late 1970s with the era of globalization and counter-globalization protests, through the Dot Com technology boom and bust, and on up to the 2008 global financial collapse with its aftermath of austerity and precariousness for numerous workers in the arts and beyond. These are the decades in which so-called neoliberal deregulation and privatization became the dominant policies for the majority of developed Western nations. Over the last decade the preeminence of this paradigm has begun to draw sustained political challenge from both the Left and the Right. It is with this historical framework in mind that Sholette's study asks several questions related to the visual arts.
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