Indiana University Bloomington


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Spring 2016


Lecture Series: “The Working Subject”

Ilana Gershon & Benjamin Robinson, Conveners

Lilly IraniFriday, February 26: Lilly Irani (UC San Diego)
(lecture title to be announced)

2 p.m., Wells Library 031

Co-sponsored by the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics and the College Arts & Humanities Institute

Bio: Lilly Irani is an Assistant Professor of Communication at University of California, San Diego. Her research investigates the cultural politics of high-tech work practices with a focus on how actors produce “innovation” cultures. She works on these questions through two sites: entrepreneurial development efforts in India and the Amazon data processing outsourcing site Mechanical Turk. She also sometimes collaboratively design, build, and maintain software (Turkopticon, Dynamo) as a means of understanding digitally mediated forms of work and their relationship to technological forms.

Karen HoThursday, March 24: Karen Ho (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
(lecture title to be announced)

4 p.m., Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Bio: Karen Ho is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research centers on the problematic of understanding and representing financial markets, sites that are resistant to cultural analysis and often disavow various attempts to locate or particularize them. Her domain of interest is the anthropology of economy, broadly conceived, with specific foci on finance capital, capitalism, globalization, corporations, and inequality. Her ethnography, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (Duke University Press, 2009), based on three years of fieldwork among investment bankers and major financial institutions, has won two Honorable Mentions from the Society for Cultural Anthropology and the Society for the Anthropology of North America. Recent publications include “Disciplining Investment Bankers, Disciplining the Economy” (American Anthropology, 2009) and “Finance and Morality" (A Companion to Moral Anthropology. Fassin, Didier, ed., 2012). Her latest book project attempts to excavate an alternative cultural history of financial risk through the ethno-historic investigation of three central sites — corporations, investment practices, and investment funds — from the mid-twentieth century until the present moment.

William ForbathThursday, March 31: William Forbath (UT Austin)
(lecture title to be announced)

4 p.m., Law School, Faculty Conference Room 335

Co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Culture and Society, and the the College Arts & Humanities Institute

Bio: Professor Forbath came to Texas in 1997 after more than a decade on the faculties of law and history at UCLA. Among the nation's leading legal and constitutional historians, he is the author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement (Harvard, 1991), the forthcoming The Constitution of Opportunity (Harvard, 2015, with Joseph Fishkin) and dozens of articles, book chapters, and essays on legal and constitutional history and theory. His scholarly work appears in Yale Law JournalHarvard Law ReviewStanford Law ReviewLaw and Social Inquiry, and the Journal of American History; his journalism and in the New York TimesAmerican Prospect and The Nation. His current research concerns social and economic rights in the courts and social movements of the Southern Hemisphere, and Jews, law and identity politics in the Progressive Era. Professor Forbath visited at Columbia Law School in 2001-02 and at Harvard Law School in 2008-09. He is on the Editorial Boards of Law & HistoryLaw & Social Inquiry: Journal of the American Bar Foundation, and other journals, and on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History, Texas Low-Income Housing Information Services, and other public interest organizations.

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