The Return of the Commons: Neoliberal Crisis, Public Sphere, and Cultural Practices in Contemporary Spain

Graduate Courses

CINE 695 - The Return of the Commons: Neoliberal Crisis, Public Sphere, and Cultural Practices in Contemporary Spain

SPAN 686
401 |Luis Moreno-Caballud |R 2-5pm |FBH 139

This seminar will explore the growing democratization of the production of social discourse in contemporary Spain. In parallel with the global “digital revolution,” Spain has experimented in last decades the rise of “participative cultures” that are displacing the traditionally assumed passivity of mass-consumers, as well as the preeminence of the figures of the author and the intellectual as creators of social discourse. The battle for access, information, and freedom in the Internet is at the epicenter of the configuration of a new social sphere; one that is not exactly public, nor private, and that some have already called “the new digital Commons.” In a sort of postmodern reenactment of the “enclosures” of common land that saw the birth of agro-capitalism, the neoliberal regulations of the Internet are trying to impose a sense of scarcity and competition that clashes with the widespread experience of immaterial goods as a collaborative and infinitively reproducible flow. This seminar will study literary, audiovisual, and performative cultural practices that are at the crossroads of these tensions and debates in contemporary Spain.

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