MLA 2020: After Work?
Papers sought for a special session at the 2020 MLA Convention. The panel will consider the ways in which working-class writing intervenes in debates about the definition of work, its changing forms, and its political implications. Papers might consider writing that explores subjects such as:
- the impact of increasing automation on the understanding and experience of work
- precarity and the “gig economy”
- marginalized and/or criminalized work
- the rise of surveillance capitalism and new forms of workplace discipline
- the increasing exploitation of emotional labour
- domestic work and caring
- the ways in which changes in both the means and relations of production alter existing divisions between public and private spaces
- “post capitalism”
Other subjects and approaches are welcome. Please send a 300 word abstract and a brief biographical statement or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15.