Work: 2017–2018 Lunchtime Talk Series

The broad category of “work” commonly denotes the exertion of effort to achieve a purpose. But history and experience tell us that things don’t always work out as planned. The 2017–18 lunchtime talk series of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton aims to reconsider WORK through the multiplicity of concepts it absorbs — as a practice, as a place, and as
an object.

As our political landscape shifts, how are domestic work, industrial work, reproductive work, financial work, forced work, gig work, and make-work changing our conceptualization of work? Where does labor show up outside of its classic instances? Is it possible anymore to distinguish between work and leisure? What is the relationship of work to time? Is all work labor? What is the work of mourning? What does intellectual work have to offer to the “challenges of the day?” What happens when bodies stop working? Are we working too much?

All talks are 12:00–1:20 pm.
Lunch will be provided.

Fall 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

[to be rescheduled]
Open Sources: Tactics of Aesthetic Resistance from the Rise of Oligopoly to the Monetization of Social Labor
Walead Beshty, Artist and Writer; Associate Professor in the Graduate Art Department at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Work of Interpretation
Ben Kafka, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and a psychoanalyst in private practice

Spring 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Can We Work Towards a Better Future?
Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, Department of History, Brown University

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Deadlines (Literally)
Rebecca Comay, Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Director of the Program in Literary Studies, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Repair Work
Dana Simmons, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Riverside

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Post-Fierce + reEarth: Black Code Work
Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University

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