May 9, 2016

New Forms in a New Era of Capitalism

Luc Boltanski and Arnaud Esquerre, with a response by Nancy Fraser.

Sociologist Luc Boltanski—subject of Evan Kindley’s review in Slow Burn—will appear in conversation with Arnaud Esquerre. Political philosopher Nancy Fraser will respond.

Co-sponsored with Capitalism Studies at the New School.

6 pm. Monday, May 9, 2016.
The New School for Social Research, 80 5th Avenue, Room 529.


Luc Boltanski is Directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.  He is the author of numerous books, of which the most recently translated into English are Mysteries and Conspiracies: Detective Stories, Spy Novels and the Making of Modern Societies, On Critique: A Sociology of Emancipation and The Foetal Condition: A Sociology of Engendering and Abortion.  With Arnaud Esquerre, he has co-authored a volume on the expansion of rightism [right-wing politics] in French politics and thought: Vers l’extrême: Extension des domaines de la droite (2014).

Arnaud Esquerre is Chargé de recherché at the Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique in Paris.  He is the author of two books on the sociology of contemporary astrology (Prédire: L’astrologie en France au XXIe siècle) and the sociology of “sects” in France, including doomsday cults (La manipulation mentale: Sociolgie des sectes en France).  He has also written a work on the disposition of dead bodies, and has published most recently a book on testimonies of encounters with UFOs and extraterrestrials, under the title Théorie des évenements extraterrestres: Essai sur le récit fantastique (2016).

Nancy Fraser is Henry A. & Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research.  Her books include Fortunes of Feminism (2013), Scales of Justice (2010), and the now-classic Redistribution or Recognition?: A Philosophical Exchange (2004), with Axel Honneth.  A joint publication of Prof. Fraser with Luc Boltanski, Domination et emancipation: pour un renouveau de la critique sociale [Domination and Emancipation: Toward a Renewal of Social Criticism], appeared in France two years ago.