unwaged labors of love

Service economy, helping professions, care work, affective labor.  For at least two hundred years, feminist and marxist theories of social reproduction have underscored the unwaged, unvalorized, unappreciated exertions that make the quotidian happen, that uphold the infrastructures of the present for the future, that give life. Now the contemporary finds that labor not only unofficial, but delegitimized, not only under-compensated but over-burdened to the point of disaster.  Whence arises the image of the lazy greedy feminine public employee, welfare queen, unfireable teacher?  How long can dystopia hold?

This International Women’s Day, InterCcECT invites you to commune with us over feminist words.  We’ll read Tithi Battacharya’s Social Reproduction Theory primer, and selections from Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life, and discuss Thursday April 19th, 5pm-7pm, at Ambassador Public House (back room), 310 S Halsted (Blue Line: UIC Halsted).  Contact us for PDFs.

As always,  send us proposals for events, field trips, works-in-progress, techniques of survival.

On our calendar:

10 March The Withering of the State, with Corey Robin keynote

16 April Eduardo Cadava, Learning to See

18 April Maria Acosta and Fanny Soderback, Underrepresented Groups in Philosophy 

photo: Amy De’Ath


Leave a comment

Filed under Reading Groups

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s