SPEAKER : Miranda Joseph
TITLE : Performative Accounting of Debt, Time, and Labor in the Financialized University
WHERE : UH Manoa Saunders Hall, room 244
This presentation brings together an investigation of Maurizio Lazzarato’s theorization of debt with a case study of accounting in the financialized university. Drawing on the work of feminist and Marxist scholars, I note both Lazzarato’s innovations and certain limits in his ability to see and theorize social complexity. In particular, the paper examines Lazzarato’s claims for the newness and newly intensive and extensive powers of debt in contemporary society, which opens on to a discussion of the articulation of time and money, labor and finance capital. Here, the case study of the deployment of various regimes of accounting in the university reveals the articulation of temporal and financial accounts, against an historical sequencing of those modes of accounting (first labor time, then credit-debt), and simultaneously provides a means to explore the extent to which temporal accounting can serve as an intervention against the impacts of monetary accounting.
Miranda Joseph is Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (2014), which explores modes of accounting (financial, juridical, and managerial) as they are deployed to create, sustain, and transform social relations, with particular attention to gender, race, and sexuality. Her first book, Against the Romance of Community (2002), examines the supplementary relation of community with capitalism in the context of political debates over
LGBT art and culture and the discourses and practices of NGOs. Her current projects explore the impact of financialization on universities and interdisciplinary collaborations to examine the limits and potentials of various forms of "counter-accounting"; related publications include "Investing in the Cruel Entrepreneurial University" South Atlantic Quarterly 114:3 (July 2015) and "Challenging Assumptions: Crossing Disciplinary Divides to Make Knowledge about Gender and Finance," co-authored with Joyce Serido, Feminist Formations 26.2 (Summer 2014).