Lecture | L-PEG Annual Lecture in Global Political Economy
Reimagining the State in Times of a Pandemic
- Friday 13 May 2022
2311 VJ Leiden
In a political climate of neoliberal populism and of the social crisis of the pandemic, reimagining the state is a brave and some would say a foolish enterprise. And yet, the dangers that we face today also makes the task an imperative one. In this lecture, I will address the following questions: the place of care and social reproduction in our political economy and the continuing refusal of state and financial institutions to recognise this; the differential impact of crises on people and the structural foundations of this inequality; and the role of the state and the public sphere that has become so evident during this period but precariously and without leading to a shift in public discourse about the place of state institutions in our economy and everyday lives.
About the Speaker:
Shirin Rai is Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies. She is Director of Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre on International Development. She is a Fellow of the British Academy. Her research interests are in the political economy of development, gender and political institutions and performance and politics. Her latest books include the Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance (2021; co-eds M Gluhovic, S Jestrovic and M Saward) and Performing Representation: Women Members in the Indian Parliament (with Carole Spary; OUP), 2019. She is currently working on two books - Depletion: the human costs of caring and Doing Politics Sideways.