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Feminist Studies is an "interdisciplinary discipline" that produces cutting-edge research and fosters innovative teaching. The subject matter of feminist studies is more than women: research and teaching focus on the ways that relations of gender, intersecting with race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, ability, and other differences, affect every aspect of society.

Department of Feminist Studies

There are 9 publications in this collection, published between 2013 and 2018.
becoming undisciplined (1)

Call for Zine Submissions: becoming undisciplined

becoming undisciplined is a zine about what it means, feels, and looks like to be Black in relation to the university. We seek submissions in a variety of genres and formats that convey the breadth of ways that knowledge production happens in and outside of the university. We are interested in the complexities, contradictions, tensions, and pleasures that shape Black scholars’ relationships to academia.

Working at Living: The Social Relations of Precarity (8)

Working Under Precarity: Work Affect and Emotional Labor

This module aims to provide an overview of some of the historical approaches to the relationship between affect, emotion and work, and to bring those to bear upon the contemporary politics of work under different contexts of precarity. Specifically, it examines the relation between work and affect under present conditions of post-Fordism and of the neoliberal organization of production, time, and subjectivity. Using cinematic texts as primary references, the goals of this module are to point to bothcapital's exploitation of affect, but also capital's production of affect, as these intersect with the concerns of gender and precarity.

The following two sections provide two approaches for thinking about how forces of capital both exploit and produce affect. Each section provides different resources for thinking about how exploitation and affects can yield new subjectivities and different forms of sociality. These subjectivities and sociality do not necessarily reproduce capital, and can in fact yield forms of resistance. After discussing some of the relevant theoretical issues, each section then suggests ways that these can be understood through readings of films.

Making Do. Survival Strategies under Precarity (Parts A and B)

This module aims, first, at showing that precarity is not a recent symptom of a crisis of late capitalism (to be potentially solved), but a long-term structural element of the modern capitalist system, securing its survival at the expense of various “disposable populations,” and, second, to point to strategies of resistance to this process of precarization, in particular those strategies that produce translocal and transdisciplinary coalitions.

 

Making Do. Survival Strategies under Precarity (Parts A and B)

This module aims, first, at showing that precarity is not a recent symptom of a crisis of late capitalism (to be potentially solved), but a long-term structural element of the modern capitalist system, securing its survival at the expense of various “disposable populations,” and, second, to point to strategies of resistance to this process of precarization, in particular those strategies that produce translocal and transdisciplinary coalitions.

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