Literature Program

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Chad Lavin

Scholars @ Hallwalls

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, a space for experimental art, music, and film located in the heart of downtown Buffalo at Delaware and Tupper, is the perfect setting for the eighth year of the Humanities Institute's Scholars@Hallwalls lecture series. These monthly presentations feature one fellow's research in an engaging lecture with lively follow-up conversation. This year's lineup highlights the interdisciplinary range of humanities research at UB.

Talks are on Friday afternoons at 4 pm and are free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are served. Please join us for any or all of the Scholars@Hallwalls talks!

"The Politics of Value (and the Value of Politics)"

Chad Lavin, English

This paper uses Bourdieu's concept of cultural capital to index the declining authority of the humanities to the rise in economic logic of neoliberalism. Looking at the institutions and practices that elevate the discourse of economics over alternative modes of assigning value (namely, ethics and politics), Lavin argues that the esteem of the social sciences—and of economic science in particular—derives primarily not from their methodological rigor or verifiable results, but rather from the persistent efforts of a cultural infrastructure that promotes a distinctive approach to value.