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VIENNA HUMANITIES FESTIVAL

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PROGRAMM

BETWEEN AUTONOMY AND PRECARITY – CAPITALISM ON EDGE

ALBENA AZMANOVA IN CONVERSATION WITH DESSY GAVRILOVA
SONNTAG, 29.09. 2024 / 12h30

AKADEMIE DER BILDENDEN KÜNSTE WIEN, AULA

In her profound and sober critique of contemporary capitalism, Albena Azmanova coins a new term that pinpoints the core characteristic of twenty-first-century capitalism: “precarity capitalism.” The term captures the new modes of competitive profit-making that define the current state of capitalism and points to the insecurities, anxieties, and new forms of exploitation that it brings about. In a conversation with Vienna Humanities Festival co-founder DESSY GAVRILOVA, the renowned author of the multiple award-winning book Capitalism on Edge (Columbia University Press, 2020), scholar and political commentator ALBENA AZMANOVA will elaborate on her critique and draw the contours of a possible new progressive political agenda.

ALBENA AZMANOVA is a professor of political and social science at the City University of London and a senior fellow at OSUN Economic Democracy Initiative, Bard College. Her last book, Capitalism on Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia (Columbia University Press, 2020; German translation Kapitalismus an der Kippe, Edition Konturen, 2021), has received numerous awards. She is the founder and co-editor of the journal Emancipations.

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