About the Pop-Up

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About the Pop-Up

The “future of work” currently preoccupies scholars, policy-makers, and advocates around the world, from all sides of the political spectrum. Much of the discussion tends to focus on the ambitious promises of new technology or threats to the manufacturing, service, and, increasingly, knowledge economies. Underlying these analyses –and proposed solutions such as “skilling up” or “financial inclusion” –lurks an ahistorical and racially and geographically limited nostalgia for “full employment” that largely ignores informal work and glorifies wage work as the hallmark of freedom, modernity, and citizenship. These dominant approaches fail to capture the historical and ongoing racialized, gendered, and (neo)colonial patterns of accumulation and reproduction of power and wealth that have depended upon the denial of appropriately valued work for many in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has further compounded these patterns and illuminated the precarity of workers on the margins of – if essential to – global capitalism.

The 2021 Pop-Up Institute studies the past, present, and future of work in a global frame. It focuses on the lived experiences in both the global South and North of those rendered most precarious by work and its imagined futures. The institute brings together a wide range of disciplines and forms of expression to reconsider extant framings and accounts of the future of work in a time of pandemic.

The Pop-Up Institute is sponsored by the UT Office of the Vice President for Research and the Rapoport Center. It is co-sponsored by the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations, the South Asia Institute, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, and Good Systems.

Principal Investigators

Karen Engle

Karen Engle, JD
Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law; Co-Director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, School of Law

Neville Hoad

Neville Hoad, PhD
Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts; Co-Director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, School of Law

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mishal Khan

Mishal Khan, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Participatory Researchers

Bedour Alagraa

Bedour Alagraa, PhD
Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Kamran Asdar Ali

Kamran Asdar Ali, PhD
Professor of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts

Nicole Burrowes

Nicole Burrowes, PhD
Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Bob Bursey

Bob Bursey
Executive Director, Texas Performing Arts

Mechele Dickerson

Mechele Dickerson, JD
Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice; University Distinguished Teaching Professor, School of Law

James Galbraith

James Galbraith, PhD
Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations & Professor of Government, LBJ School of Public Affairs; Professor of Government, College of Liberal Arts

Anne Lewis

Anne Lewis, BFA
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Radio-Television-Film, Moody College of Communication

Minkah Makalani

Minkah Makalani, PhD
Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies; Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Robin Moore

Robin Moore, PhD
Professor of Ethnomusicology, Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts

Alejandro Moreno

Alejandro Moreno, MBBS, MPH
Assistant Dean and Director of Medical Education; Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Dell Medical School

Snehal Patel

Snehal Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Dell Medical School

Sharmila Rudrappa

Sharmila Rudrappa, PhD
Professor of Sociology; Director of South Asia Institute, College of Liberal Arts

Sonia Seeman

Sonia Seeman, PhD
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts