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Money, Meaning and Metaphors Event

19:30 - 21:30
17 March 2015
The Art House 178 Above Bar Street Southampton SO14 7DW

Event details

A talk and discussion with Professor Nicky Marsh presented by Dangerous Ideas.

How the language of financial crisis and austerity shape our understanding of money and control the potential for change

Today's politics is dominated by the financial crisis: it is used to justify austerity, yet the practices that allowed it to occur remain entirely unchanged.

We are living with the consequences of the financial crisis every day: in the tightening noose of austerity and the languages of finance that are present when we read, shop, walk and even vote. It has been argued that women are paying more for austerity and yet we seem to have no tools to understand, let alone challenge the dominant story.

This talk will examine:

  • what these languages of finance tell us about the nature of this crisis and how we can begin to resist its effects
  • how the visual histories of credit and debt have shaped our understanding of money
  • recent attempts by cultural activists to produce new kinds of meanings for money

There will be a chance to examine how the human body (often female) is evoked in moments of crisis and why the language of recovery is never the language of change AND an opportunity for questions and discussion, as a way to get a firm grip on the language and start a real debate using our own perspective on the situation.

This is part of a series of events by CAKE in Southampton during February and March. CAKE is a collaboration of female creative minds who have come together to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015.

For further information and to book tickets please visit The Art House website or the booking page.

Speaker information

Professor Nicky Marsh,Professor Marsh works on feminism, cultural economics and literature. She is the co-curator of the national touring exhibition 'Show me the Money: the Visual History of Finance, 1700 to the Present’.

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