The Innovation Trap and Contemporary Capitalism

  • The Innovation Trap and Contemporary Capitalism
    The Innovation Trap and Contemporary Capitalism

    18 Mar
    2019

    Critical Theory, Aesthetics, and Practice

    Arjun Appadurai

The Innovation Trap and Contemporary Capitalism

This lecture brings in Marx, Weber, and especially Joseph Schumpeter to engage issues of innovation, failure, and user anxiety as critical mechanisms of contemporary capitalism. These thinkers are different in many regards but all of them share a certain melancholia about capitalism. The talk assesses whether their respective melancholias are justified in the digital era of constant innovation, gig economies, apps for everything, and big data.

 

Duration -

March 18, 2019

Timing: 6:30 pm

Registrations Closed

Arjun Appadurai

Arjun Appadurai

Arjun Appadurai is Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and Professor of Anthropology and Globalization at The Hertie School of Governance (Berlin). He is the author of numerous books and articles on globalization, media, cities, and ethnic violence. He was born in Mumbai, and studied at St. Xavier's High School and Elphinstone College, before pursuing his higher studies in the United States. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book is Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (Chicago, 2016).