Tervetuloa kuuntelemaan seuraavaa kaikille avointa vierailuluentoa Tampereen yliopistossa (tilaisuus on englanninkielinen):

Tuesday, May 23

10.15-12.00 Keynote (auditorium 109, Virta building, 1st floor)
Dr Christina Scharff, King’s College London: The psychic life of neoliberalism


Biographical note

Dr Christina Scharff is Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Her research on gender, subjectivity and culture has been published in various, international journals, including Sociology, Feminism & Psychology, Feminist Media Studies and Theory, Culture & Society. She is author and co-editor of several books, including Repudiating Feminism: Young Women in a Neoliberal World (Ashgate, 2012), Gender, Subjectivity and Cultural Work: The Classical Music Profession (Routledge, 2017), New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity (with Rosalind Gill; Palgrave, 2011) and Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism (with Ana Sofia Elias and Rosalind Gill, Palgrave, 2017).

Scharff, C. (2015). The psychic life of neoliberalism: Mapping the contours of entrepreneurial subjectivity. Theory, Culture & Society, 33(6), 107-122.

Scharff, C. (2015). Blowing your own trumpet: Exploring the gendered dynamics of self-promotion in the classical music profession. The Sociological Review, 63, 97-112.



The neoliberal self has been described as an entrepreneurial subject. This talk draws on innovative, empirical research to explore how entrepreneurialism is registered, negotiated and lived out. In particular, it maps the contours of entrepreneurial subjectivity and shows, for example, that entrepreneurial subjects relate to themselves as if they were a business and hide injuries. Crucially, the talk also reframes existing accounts by arguing that competition in neoliberalism is not only other-directed, but also self-directed, thus presenting a ‘deeper’ form of exploitation. In presenting these and other arguments, the talk adds to discussions on neoliberalism in two key ways. First, it addresses questions of the ‘psychic life’ of neoliberalism. Second, based on empirical data, it explores entrepreneurial subjectivity from the ground up.


Scharff will visit University of Tampere as a part of the two-day workshop ‘Affective and Psychic Life of Capitalism’ (May 23-24, 2017).

The workshop is organized by three Academy of Finland funded research projects:
Just the two of Us? Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships (http://affective-inequalities.fi/en/), led by Dr Tuula Juvonen
Tracking the Therapeutic: Ethnographies of Wellbeing, Politics and Inequality” (http://trackthera.utu.fi/about-us/what-is-trackthera/), led by associate professor Suvi Salmenniemi
Social Science for the 21st Century (https://socialscienceforthec21st.com/), led by professor Lisa Adkins

All welcome!

For more info about the workshop, please contact Marjo Kolehmainen (affective.inequalities AT uta.fi)


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