Canterbury Christ Church University
School of Media Art and Design
Research Seminars 2015-2016

20 January 2016
4.15pm-5.30pm

Work In Progress: “Corporate Scumbags”: Neoliberalism, the RoboCop Trilogy and Science Fiction in the 1980s
Speaker: Dr Andrew M. Butler, CCCU

Andrew M. Butler intends to follow up his Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s (2011) with a similar work on the 1980s. Dominated by the subgenre of cyberpunk, 1980s sf saw the apparently irresistible rise of postmodernism – described by Jürgen Habermas as neoconservative – and neoliberalism. It became the age of the evil corporation. Under neoliberalism, the individual is no longer considered to be a cog in a capitalist machine but is rather an income stream. Dr Butler intends to explore neoliberalism in relation to the RoboCop trilogy (RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven, 1987), RoboCop 2 (Irvin Kershner, 1990) and RoboCop 3 (Ted Dekker, 1993)), an account of the rise and fall of the privatization of a near-future Detroit police force and the changing treatment of its cyborg protagonist.

Andrew M. Butler is the author of Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s (Liverpool University Press, 2011), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (BFI, 2014), “Human Subjects/Alien Objects? Abjection and the Constructions of Race and Racism in District 9” in Alien Imaginations (2015), “Sleeping/Waking: Politicizing the Sublime in Science Fiction Film Special Effects’ in Endangering Science Fiction Film (2015), as well as books on Philip K. Dick, Cyberpunk, Terry Pratchett, Postmodernism and Film Studies.

Powell Building – Pf06
North Holmes Road Campus
Email Dr Andrew Butler – Andrew.Butler@canterbury.ac.uk – for further details

— All welcome —