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Neoliberalism + Empire

Principal Investigator(s): Lisa Wedeen

In this project, we explore the intersection of neoliberalism with contemporary forms of empire. Placing issues of economy, race, gender, and counterinsurgency at the center of the inquiry, our approach is attuned to the ways in which policies of exclusion and calls for freedom have operated historically and continue to work in tandem. The project focus thus includes research on strategies of colonial management and the ideas of progress underpinning them; the specificities of settler colonialism and its retooling in the present; the economization of everyday life and its limits; and the mechanisms through which the United States, in particular, continues to extend its global reach.