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Call for papers: Special issue on Digital Labour

Feminist Review is calling for articles and Open Space pieces for a themed issue on Digital Labour. Issue editors: Melissa Gregg and Rutvica Andrijasevic Digital labour refers to a range of tasks executed by humans on, in relation to, or in the aftermath of digital platforms. On-demand logistics services, micro-work platforms such as Amazon Mechanical […]

Engineering Inclusion

This year Ada Lovelace Day coincides with National Coming Out Day in the US. These are two occasions that mean a lot to me as a queer woman in tech. To mark the moment, I am reposting below a short piece that I wrote on an internal company blog a few months ago. I started […]

The cinematic origins of self-management

Text from my talk at Selfies, Self-portraits, and Social Media, the 7th William A. Kern Conference in Visual Communication, RIT College of Liberal Arts, April 14 * In memory of John Urry, 1946-2016 Photography is a promiscuous way of seeing which cannot be limited to an elite, as art – John Urry, The Tourist Gaze […]

How we became professional, part 2 – Managing without women

(…continued from part 1) 2. The emergence of time management manuals, from the 1970s to the present. As Boltanski and Chiapello show in the French context, management manuals are a useful archive to understand dominant registers of professional ambition and success. Over the past half-century in the US, popular versions of more formal instruction books […]

How we became professional, part 1 – Mayo’s missing women

Before joining Intel, I was planning a project on the history of professionalism. Specifically, I wanted to study genres of popular pedagogy devoted to teaching office workers self-management skills. I was interested in two areas, to be explored in the next series of posts: 1. The establishment of human relations as a discipline, particularly the […]

Notes from Michael Warner, ‘On Normativity’, May 15 2013

[All errors entirely mine. One of the smartest people I have ever heard talk. I could not keep up] Queer theory without normativity: part of a wider project with Robyn Wiegman and Elizabeth Wilson. Trying to provide a genealogy for grad students to show how normativity became the (limited) focus for queer theory. Quite a […]

Women and work in Australia – notes

The following notes and links are from reading Elizabeth Windschuttle (ed) Women, Class and History: Feminist Perspectives on Australia 1788-1978, Fontana Press, Melbourne, 1980 Ray Markey, ‘Women and Labour, 1880-1900’ (83- 111) Louisa Lawson – the Dawn Club: demanded economic and social equality (The Dawn newspaper now archived online thanks to this successful campaign; more […]

M/C Journal Special Issue: ‘Marriage’

If any of my intimacy students are reading…. here is your chance to be published! The question of what ‘marriage’ is, and what it is capable of becoming, has increasingly become a hot topic across many countries. In Australia, a key turning point occurred when the then Howard goverment amended the Marriage Act to explicitly […]

The problem with work (I)

Feminist calls for better work for women, as important as they have been, have on the whole resulted in more work for women. Beyond the intensification of many forms of waged work… the burdens of unwaged domestic and caring work have also increased, both because of the pressures of neoliberal restructuring along with the double […]

Commuter marriage

I have been reading a book from the early 1980s on ‘commuter marriage’. It stood out from the shelves in the library when I was preparing my course reader this year, and for obvious reasons I have an interest in the topic. What’s remarkable, reading it from the set of presumptions I have today, is […]

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