Our 2017 conference, “The Good Consumer: Consumption, Ethics, and Subjectivity,” seeks to rethink modern subjectivity through the lens of consumption, whether it be of food, luxury goods, or the media. In the process of consumption, the consumer and the consumed interact and perhaps trade roles, an act entailing moral and ethical dimensions. We seek to explore these dimensions, asking the question, “Is consumption a ‘good’ interaction between the self and the other?” This topic is particularly relevant today, in light of the prominence of consumption and of concerns about its ethics.
  • March 31, 2017 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Hosted by the English Department graduate student body 
  • Conference Chairs: Abigail Arnold, SarahGrace Gomez, and Pyunghwa Lee