Thursday, 06 January
162. Collective Work, Working Collectively
5:15–6:30 p.m., 409B, LA Convention Center
Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession
Presiding: Cary A. DiPietro, Univ. of Toronto, Mississauga
Speakers: Elizabeth Hoffman, California State Univ., Long Beach; Maria Maisto, New Faculty Majority; Gary Rhoades, American Assn. of Univ. Professors; Nicolas Shumway, Univ. of Texas, Austin; James Turk, Canadian Assn. of Univ. Teachers
This roundtable will consider both the philosophical and practical dimensions of academic labor and explore how they are related. Specifically, how do (or should) definitions of work affect academic employment practices, and how are our employment practices dependent (or not) on our implicit and explicit definitions of academic work? To approach this topic, we are asking participants to respond to two questions: (1) What is the nature of academic work? (2) What does it mean to work collectively?