Gender and Labour in New Times 2.0
Ourimbah Campus, University of Newcastle, Australia
12 – 14 November 2013
The Gender and Labour in New Times network comprises a group of feminist scholars whose ongoing research is seriously and consequentially engaged in the work of rethinking the categories of gender and labour in the context of post-Fordist accumulation processes. The latter are entangled in major rearrangements of labour and life. These rearrangements have demanded that social scientists think anew about many key categories of analysis, including the home, living, working, the private, the everyday and even the future.
Such rethinking is required not least because one of the outstanding features of post-Fordist accumulation is the putting to work – or making productive – of areas and conditions of life previously differentiated from the zone of exchange. Thus, the home is now a key site of capital accumulation, the unemployed are (quite literally) put to work, relationships in time are exploited for their productive utility, and attempts are made to mine and to prospect for economic value in sensations and affects. In sum, what is at issue in post-Fordist accumulation is a broad – albeit uneven – process of the socialization of production, a process which demands that social scientists not only rethink key categories and concepts, but also their orientations to the world.
The Gender and Labour in New Times network brings together a group of international scholars from across social science disciplines (Sociology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Law, Geography and Politics) who are engaged in this project of rethinking via:
- inventive mappings of the unfolding and uneven process of the socialization of production.
- thinking through the implications of this process at conceptual and theoretical levels for the thoroughly entangled concepts of gender and labour.
The network brings together scholars working on this common ground in order to shape a novel research agenda to examine the shifting co-ordinates and contours of the categories of gender and labour in post-Fordist accumulation processes. This takes place across a number of contexts or sites. These sites include the home, working agreements and work contracts, unemployment and underemployment, money and finance, austerity, the law, debt and social provisioning.