OPENING & KEYNOTE ROUNDTABLE

This event officially inaugurates the 2021 Pop-Up Institute: “Beyond the Future of Work: New Paradigms for Addressing Global Inequality.” After opening remarks on the urgent need to rethink work and livelihood, this roundtable reconvenes speakers from our Fall 2020 Colloquium “Inequality, Labor, and Human Rights: The Future of Work in the Age of Pandemic” for… Continue reading OPENING & KEYNOTE ROUNDTABLE

Global Racial Capitalism

“Racial Capitalism” provides a powerful frame and analytic method for the narration and analysis of the emergence of our present global economy. Our panelists discuss various national and international deployments of racial capitalism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJRfzP1eMc8 Dennis Davis Professor of Commercial Law, University of Cape Town Arun Kundnani Independent Scholar Minkah Makalani Associate Professor of African and… Continue reading Global Racial Capitalism

Let’s Keep Talking

An informal gathering to meet and engage with others on whatever Pop-Up topics, issues, and questions you find most compelling. Keep the conversation going!

Beyond Inequality: Case Studies

The Rapoport Center and the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy have gathered a team of international and interdisciplinary scholars over the past year for a book project rethinking the future of work through methods of racial capitalism, world-systems, and critiques of distribution. This panel highlights case studies from the book about precarity in… Continue reading Beyond Inequality: Case Studies

Capitalism on Edge: A Conversation

Albena Azmanova’s latest book, Capitalism on Edge, provocatively insists: “Capitalism is not on its deathbed, utopia is not in our future, and revolution is not in the cards. And yet, the time is ripe for radical progressive change.” In conversation with Jamie Galbraith, Azmanova discusses these claims and more – from the rise of global… Continue reading Capitalism on Edge: A Conversation

KEYNOTE ROUNDTABLE: Worker Advocacy Organizations & the Future of Work

Leading advocates for workers in a variety of formal and informal sectors – from care work and construction to digital platforms and the arts – compare the challenges they see to the future of work and organizing in their respective fields and global contexts. https://youtu.be/r74ck-_iCEo Richard Dobson Co-Founder and Project Leader, Asiye eTafuleni Katie Joaquin… Continue reading KEYNOTE ROUNDTABLE: Worker Advocacy Organizations & the Future of Work

Autofac: Screening and Viewing Party I

Please join us for this first public watch party of the "Electric Dreams" episode, Autofac, which we will discuss with celebrated cyberpunk writer and UT graduate Bruce Sterling on June 2 at 6:30 pm (video below). You can also watch the episode on your own with Amazon Prime! https://youtu.be/gmlxWNwLi5w

KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Sarita Gupta: Workers at the Center: Reimagining the Future of Work

Sarita Gupta, nationally recognized leader on labor and economic justice, will present a keynote lecture, followed by a conversation with UT Austin faculty representatives of each of our five research clusters. https://youtu.be/xwPoFGB--fg Sarita Gupta Director, Future of Work(ers), Ford Foundation Respondents: Kamran Asdar Ali, Anthropology, Middle East Studies, & Asian Studies (Work Across the Global South);… Continue reading KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Sarita Gupta: Workers at the Center: Reimagining the Future of Work

Let’s Keep Talking

An informal gathering to meet and engage with others on whatever Pop-Up topics, issues, and questions you find most compelling. Keep the conversation going!

Autofac: Screening and Viewing Party II

Please join us for this second public watch party of the "Electric Dreams" episode, Autofac, immediately preceding our 6:30 pm discussion with celebrated cyberpunk writer and UT graduate Bruce Sterling (video below). You can also watch the episode on your own with Amazon Prime! https://youtu.be/gmlxWNwLi5w

Autofac, Science Fiction and the Future of Work: A Conversation with Bruce Sterling

This panel takes the Future of Work conversation beyond the bromides of today by meditating on yesterday’s visions of our future, as encapsulated by Philip K. Dick’s classic science fiction story “Autofac” and its recent adaptation for Amazon’s “Electric Dreams” video anthology. Participants include Dr. Simone Browne, Associate Professor in the Department of African and… Continue reading Autofac, Science Fiction and the Future of Work: A Conversation with Bruce Sterling

Essential for What? A Conversation on the Global Dimensions of Essential Work

A pivotal dimension of COVID-19 has been the classification of certain work(ers) as essential. In dialogue with Sara Stevano, lead author of “Essential for What? A Global Social Reproduction View on the Re-organisation of Work during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” respondents will discuss their own research on essential work. https://youtu.be/tENTBPKJcH8 Sara Stevano Lecturer, Department of Economics,… Continue reading Essential for What? A Conversation on the Global Dimensions of Essential Work

Conversations on Caring

Building from their work on public health, care work, and racial capitalism, the panelists discuss the lengthy and ongoing crisis in caring labor that has only been exacerbated by the current pandemic. https://youtu.be/KUWdis9QRqE Carrie Freshour Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Washington Libby McClure  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Occupational Safety… Continue reading Conversations on Caring

Restructuring Caring Labor: Radical Care Work

Participants reflect and share their work on transforming the caring crisis that has been shaping up over the decades, and heightened by COVID-19. https://youtu.be/BLXpHUhjMuo Ashleigh Hamilton Community Organizer, Communities of Color United for Racial Justice (CCU) Vrinda Marwah PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin Deborah Parra-Medina Professor of Mexican American and Latino… Continue reading Restructuring Caring Labor: Radical Care Work

“Heroes” of the Global South: Labor Migration in Comparative Perspective

The movement of peoples across the globe for work, livelihoods, trade, and cultural exchange has been a constant in human history. This panel explores comparative forms of labor migration across several geographies—South Asia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Panelists will think critically through the cultural designation of low-waged migrant laborers as the “heroes” of… Continue reading “Heroes” of the Global South: Labor Migration in Comparative Perspective

Let’s Keep Talking

An informal gathering to meet and engage with others on whatever Pop-Up topics, issues, and questions you find most compelling. Keep the conversation going!

Informality and the Future of Work: A Conversation

The predominance of informal forms of work and means of making a living across the global South requires a critical intervention into current debates around the future of work. This moderated conversation foregrounds the complexities and challenges for people laboring in the informal sector in the South Asian and Latin American contexts. https://youtu.be/JCdbEgHcHOc Rina Agarwala… Continue reading Informality and the Future of Work: A Conversation

For Love and Money: The Future of the Arts and Humanities Now!

Focusing on the non-economic and public benefits of the arts and humanities on campuses and in the community, we raise questions about the future of this work. https://youtu.be/mjJaVhQH3Z0 Part I Charlie Lockwood Executive Director, Texas Folklife Rachel Magee President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Local 205 Raasin McIntosh CEO and Creative… Continue reading For Love and Money: The Future of the Arts and Humanities Now!