Contemporary British Culture and Neoliberalism--Special Issue of Philosophies

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Ryan Trimm, guest editor
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Special Issue "Contemporary British Culture and Neoliberalism"

Since 1979, the U.K. has been at the forefront of neoliberal economic, governmental, and social transformations. The election of Margaret Thatcher ended the Keynesian consensus; her regime, under the influence of neoliberal figures such as Milton Friedman and F.A. Hayek, began a process of implementing policies stressing entrepreneurship, market solutions, privatization, individual responsibility, the end of “society,” and the like.  These policies were continued and extended by subsequent Conservative, New Labour, and Coalition governments. This same era has witnessed a number of cultural movements: post- and post-postmodernism, multiculturalism, meta-modernism, heritage cinema and a revival of historical fiction, greater prominence for voices from demographics and identities that have been traditionally silenced, and a host of new realisms. These cultural movements have an uneasy relationship with neoliberalism, reflecting and contesting new conceptions of subjectivity and the social. This Special Issue endeavors to chart parallels and intersections between sociopolitical upheavals and cultural transformations of the past four decades. Essays of approximately 6000–8000 words are thus sought that deal with aspects of contemporary British culture (fiction, drama, poetry, philosophy, television, cinema, museums) in the era of neoliberalism. Potential topics might include:

*How are neoliberal transformations represented, negotiated, and contested in cultural texts dating since 1979?

*How does culture mark neoliberal obsessions (competition, innovation, market solutions, entrepreneurial identities, selves rendered autonomized and responsibilized, etc.)?

*How do market values place tension on literary and cultural values? How does the expansion of the market into formerly non-market realms impact culture and aesthetics, or the emotional and spiritual dimensions of identity?

*How does culture negotiate pressures to commodify and compete? How is the cultural marketplace transformed by increasing stress on commodification and competition?

*How might cultural forms associated with narrativizing lives, expressing selves, and charting social interactions need to be reworked in a neoliberal world increasingly denying any social aspect beyond market interactions? How might these forms reflect market pressures?

*How are entrepreneurial selves and a “market society” theorized?

*How does neoliberalism place different pressures on different identities?

*How is British culture in dialogue with accounts of neoliberalism (Foucault, Mirowski, Stedman Jones, Cooper, Konings, etc.)?

*How does the era of neoliberalism necessitate rethinking established literary and cultural histories? How might neoliberalism alter our understanding of movements like postmodernism, post-postmodernism, multiculturalism, the new realisms, and the like?

Prof. Ryan Trimm
Guest Editor


  • neoliberalism
  • contemporary British literature culture
  • philosophy
  • market
  • subjectivity
  • entrepreneurship
  • competition


Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.


Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Philosophies is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.


A special issue of Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287). 

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020



Published Papers 

This special issue is now open for submission.


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