ICA18 Day 4: labour in the gig economy; resistant media; feminist peer review; love, sex, and friendship; illiberal democracy in Eastern and Central Europe

Voices for Social Justice in the Gig Economy: Where Labor, Policy, Technology, and Activism Converge Voices for Social Justice in the Gig Economy, Michelle Rodino-Colocino. This research discusses the App-Based Driver Association, looking specifically at Seattle. There's no "there" for gig economy work: previous spaces of organising, such as the shop floor, aren't available. One … Continue reading ICA18 Day 4: labour in the gig economy; resistant media; feminist peer review; love, sex, and friendship; illiberal democracy in Eastern and Central Europe

Precarious Times: Banal Precarity

The symposium opened with a panel on Banal Precariousness. Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, spoke on "Cleaning up dead remains in times of living/dying all alone: social singlification in Japan", building on her book, Precarious Japan. As demographic changes happen in Japan, many older people have become worried about dying alone rather … Continue reading Precarious Times: Banal Precarity

AoIR16 Day 2: Imagining social justice, Connecting research and activism, and Theorizing Internet Governance

Presenting on the panel Anna Lauren Hoffman put together, Imagining Social Justice through the Internet and Beyond, was a great way to start the day! Stine Eckert opened with 'The haphazard democratic potential of social media', discussing her research with women blogging in the US and Europe. While she draws on public sphere theory, at … Continue reading AoIR16 Day 2: Imagining social justice, Connecting research and activism, and Theorizing Internet Governance

On (re)reading bell hooks

I've been trying, lately, to fill the terrible holes in my knowledge that were left by my degree. I studied political science and international relations at a pretty conservative department. This has given me a strong grounding in stuff like, 'classical liberal thinkers who happen to be mostly white men (and Mary Wollestonecraft for 'diversity') … Continue reading On (re)reading bell hooks