Mittwoch, 20. Mai 2015, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

Wednesday Seminar - Winnie Lem

Mediations in Capitalist Reproduction: Gender, Migration and ‘Affective’ Labour

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
Universitätsstraße 7, NIG 4. Stock, HS C, 1010 Wien


The purpose of this talk is to think through the ways in which feminist anthropologists have intervened in the tradition of global and historical anthropology. The field of anthropology has been much animated recently by attempts to visit perspectives that draw their analytical and political force from the problematisation of the changing processes of accumulation, of profit generation and the formations of class that underpin the reproduction of capitalism across time and space. At the core of such engagements lies a critique of the dominant social-economic and ideological regimes that prevail in our world and how they insert themselves into the lives of women and men. Here, the focus is put on a significant and essential strand in this body of thought by addressing how a cadre of scholars intervened to ask how gender mediates in reproduction of capitalism over time and space. To do this, the example of the mobilization of physical and affective labor that is embodied in women who are displaced by the vagaries of regimes of accumulation and relocated transnationally to sites where the finance and service complexes are ascendant in informing the dynamics in the reproduction of capital is studied.

Winnie Lem is professor at the Department of International Development Studies & Women's Studies at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests encompass migration, transnationalism, citizenship; regionalism, nationalism, gender relations in marginal economies, entrepreneurs, migrant livelihoods, women and small enterprises, diasporas, ethnicity, work, women and nationalism, gender and household economies; agrarian change; women and rural politics; racism; culture, class and political economy; Europe; Asia. Dr. Lem has conducted research on farming in Languedoc France. She is currently conducting research on migration between China and France. She is also editor-in-chief of manuscripts in English for Anthropologica.

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Mag. Marie-Therese Hartwig
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