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Labour in the ruins of modernity [Anthropology of Labour Network] 
Marketa Dolezalova (University of Leeds)
Irene Peano (University of Lisbon)
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Marketa Dolezalova (University of Leeds)
Deana Jovanovic (Utrecht University)
Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The demise of the modernist project left ruins in its wake, impacting lives of workers and communities across regions. New forms of ruination are emerging, pointing to the recursiveness of such processes. This panel explores how the traces of ruined pasts impinge upon the present of work and labour.

Long Abstract:

The demise of the modernist project, in both its capitalist and communist versions, has left ruins in its wake. The abandonment of central planning, welfare programs (if and where they were ever in place) and production on national scales has had major impacts on the lives of workers and communities across a range of geographies. These materialise in a number of ways: across urban and rural landscapes, in the rabble of once active production sites and of associated living spaces, in the effects they had on workers’ well-being, sense of security, imaginaries, political engagements. At the same time, new forms of ruination are underway, spurred by late/post-modern versions of capitalist extraction and pointing to the recursiveness of these processes of doing and undoing. In this panel, we seek to explore such dis/connections between present and past, asking what remains and is rebuilt from the undoing of modernity, without taking for granted the character of such undoing across diverse geographies and histories. We are interested in exploring the traces of such ruined pasts of labour organization, embodiment and representation, which may be at once material, affective and symbolic. How do workers and employers interpret such undoing, and how does the latter impinge upon the present of work and labour? How, if at all, is it possible for such subjectivities to think/feel the future and attach hope and expectations to it?

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -