‘Retaking the Commons: Culture, Politics, and the Public Realm’
Dr Andrew Lawson, Reader in American Literature and Dr Katy Shaw, Principal Lecturer in English Literature, Leeds Beckett University
The defeat of the Labour Party in this year's general election was widely attributed to a failure by the party to address the aspirations of voters unwilling to be positioned simply as recipients of state welfare. In this event Dr Andrew Lawson and Dr Katy Shaw discussed how the left can find new ways of challenging the neoliberal discourse of 'public bad/private good,' and ask how literary and cultural texts can reframe ideas of collective agency and the common good.This event was part of the 'Leeds Cultural Conversations' series, presented by Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council. 'Leeds Cultural Conversations' are a series of monthly talks programmes by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. For more information on the series please visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/LCC.