Working Futures: Perspectives on Labor from the Global South

May 27, 2016
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Browsing Room
Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Working-Futures-posterEconomic globalization has fundamentally reshaped class and gender dynamics around the world. It has brought millions of young women to work in urban industrial and service sectors, introducing new social roles, aspirations, and modes of precarity. In the industrial sector, labor has become increasingly militant in its demands for decent livelihoods. The symposium brings together scholarship from China, Bangladesh, and the Caribbean to critically examine labor dynamics that ensue from these transformations.


  • CARLA FREEMAN: Professor, Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Emory University
    The Affect of Work-Life under Neoliberalism
  • LAMIA KARIM: Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Oregon
    The Machine Women: Lifestyle Changes in the Garment Industry in Bangladesh
  • CHING KWAN LEE: Professor, Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles ‘Precarization’ or Empowerment? Reflections on Recent Labor Unrest in China
  • EILEEN OTIS: Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Oregon
    Worlds of Work in Walmart, China

Sponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS), Sociology, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Women’s and Gender Studies.