Power and Gendered Labor in the Academy: A Half-Day Symposium
March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Please join us for a half-day symposium that will explore issues of labor, power, precarity, and academic stardom.
The past two years have seen shockwaves of protest and activism in response to a growing awareness of sexual assault as a tragically commonplace occurrence. Sexual assault and related abuses by those in positions of power take place in every field, from Hollywood to food service to academia, as recent high-profile abuse scandals rocking the supreme court and the academic world have painfully reminded us.
Popular discussions of sexual assault and #MeToo have often centered around much-needed critiques of patriarchy and rape culture. With this symposium, we want to highlight an additional, related dimension of the problem in academia: that of power and labor, and the uneven ways in which they operate in universities. The Avital Ronell case, for instance, has as much to do with generational shifts in academia, the politics of academic labor (especially the marginality of graduate students both economically and within academe), and the ways that power accrues in the academy unequally (much the same way that it does outside the academy) as it does with inappropriate sexual conduct.
This event will feature a keynote by Carol Stabile (University of Oregon, Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society). Stabile’s interdisciplinary research focuses on gender, race, class, and sexual orientation in media and popular culture. She is the author of The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist (2018), White Victims, Black Villains: Gender, Race, and Crime News in US Culture (2006), and Feminism and the Technological Fix (1994). She is a founding member of Fembot, an online collaboration of scholars conducting research on gender, new media, and technology.
This symposium is part of C21’s Insecurity series, which focuses on insecurity and the ways in which various forms of insecurity are systematically produced.