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Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez


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You are invited to the IGDS, St. Augustine Unit
Lunchtime Seminar

Affective Labor.
On the cultural predication
of care and domestic work
Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez
�Wednesday 4 April, 2018 | 12 Noon
IGDS Seminar Room, The UWI, St Augustine Campus

The analysis of ideology as well as the analysis of affect are interlinked, though these two terrains develop independently from each other and within their own dynamics. Affect does not transcend the terrain of the ideological. Rather, it is embedded in it. As I have argued in my monograph Migration, Domestic Work and Affect (2010), affect is mediated by social relations, modes of production and the logic of social reproduction. From this angle, labour cannot be studied just on the level of reproduction and production. Rather, we do need a cultural analysis of labour that takes into account the affective, but also the ideological framework in which labour becomes work. It is in this regard that I suggest that we discuss affective labour and the workplace as a locus of (dis-)affective encounters expressing the local entanglement of global inequalities which contours the moment of transversal conviviality. Following this argument, the talk will conclude with some thoughts on transformative justice in regard to affective labour.

Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez is Full Professor of Sociology at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany. Her teaching and research engages with questions of global inequalities and their local articulation particularly in Germany, Spain and the UK. Further, she is interested in post/Marxist and decolonial perspectives on feminist and queer epistemology and their application to the field of migration, labor and culture. This is particularly reflected in her books Migration, Domestic Work and Affect (2010) and Decolonizing European Sociology (2010, with Manuela Boatcă and Sérgio Costa). Her recent publications are the co-edited volume Creolizing Europe: Legacies and Transformations (with Shirley Anne Tate, LUP 2015) and “Sensing Dispossession: Women and Gender Studies Between Institutional Racism and Migration Control Policies in the Neoliberal University” (Women's Studies International Forum, 2016: 167-177).