Counterpublics and Neoliberalism: Chris Henry

Topics in Critical Thought is returning to OSE with a series of eight seminars taking place across June and September.

This session will explore Robert Asen, ‘Neoliberalism, the public sphere and a public good’ (2017).
Facilitated by Chris Henry.

This session will focus on a recent text by Robert Asen, ‘Neoliberalism, the public sphere, and a public good’. Asen is famous for the careful ways in which he has elaborated ‘the counter in counterpublics’. We will consider how he understands the (often contested) concept of neoliberalism and the role of counterpublics in resisting what this dominant ideology imposes upon us. We will invite consideration of how such forms of resistance may be expressed in artistic practice and organisational invention.

You can read the text here.

This short course is designed to offer an introduction to critical thought in general and provide a series of engaging talks and discussions related to topics of contemporary concern to critical theorists. Members of the Centre for Critical Thought at the University of Kent deliver the sessions alongside selected guests.

Free, no booking required.

You don’t have to have a background in theory to attend these seminars. And you can choose to come to only one, two or more of the sessions.

Accessibility info
Due to factors beyond our control, this event is inaccessible to those with limited mobility. We can record parts of the session if there is a demand. Please send an email to if you are interested.