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T Sept. 3 Introductions; Seamus Heaney, “Digging.”


Why Work? Frameworks for Comprehension

T Sept 10 Karl Marx, “Estranged Labor”; clips from Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times; Pinsky, “Shirt.”

Th Sept. 12 Max Weber, from The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism; Colson Whitehead, from John Henry Days (handout, or download PDF here).

 *Middlebury Academic Honesty Tutorial*

Women’s Work

T Sept. 17 Mika Rottenberg, Dough (please also watch Coolhunting and Tateshots clips on Youtube, and the excerpt from Seven).

Th Sept. 19 Susan Glaspell, Trifles.

F Sept. 20 Paper 1 due


Picturing Globalization

T Sept. 24 Lisa Lowe, “Globalization”; Allan Sekula, from Fish Story (please peruse photos and read text for the following chapters: “Fish Story” (7-30), “Loves and Fishes” (31-40) and “Dismal Science: Part 1” (41-54); Sebastiao Salgado on Artstor; Salgado piece in SF Chronicle.

W Sept. 25 Screening: Dirty Pretty Things (8PM McCardell Bicentennial Hall 338).

Th Sept. 26 Nancy Scheper-Hughes, “The Global Traffic in Human Organs”; discuss Dirty Pretty Things; “Cleaning Woman” public service announcement.

F Sept. 27 Rewrite of Paper 1 due.


The Art of Work

T Oct. 1 Julia Bryan-Wilson, “From Artists to Art Workers”; Works by Hans Haacke (on main page of blog).

Th Oct. 3 Special library Workshop with Richard Jenkins (Library 105); Art Workers Coalition research exercise.


Professionalism and Service Work

T Oct. 8 Short bibliography from library session due (please be ready to share informally what you found.) Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day, pp. 1-44.

Th Oct. 10 screening: The Remains of the Day

F Oct. 11 First draft of paper 2 due to Halley and Professor Graves


T Oct. 15 Finish screening and discuss: The Remains of the Day.


Interdisciplinary Approaches

Th Oct. 17 special guest: Roger White. Ben Davis, “Art and Class”; Chris Kasper, “Open Letter to Labor Servicing the Culture Industry.”

F Oct. 18 second draft of paper 2 due

*Fall Break* No class on Oct. 22

Th Oct. 24 special guest: Maggie Clinton; Stefan Al, The Factory Towns of South China. Please read pp. 1-35, 55-81, 130-153, 178-191.

T Oct. 29 catch-up with Professor Graves; Amy Poehler “Take Your Licks.”

Th Oct. 31special guest: Jamie McCallum; Jefferson Cowie, from Stayin’ Alive.


Fordism, Post-Fordism and “Immaterial Labor”

T Nov. 5 Michael Hardt, “Affective Labor”; George Saunders, “Civilwarland in Bad Decline”.

Th Nov. 7 Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1980-1981; Santiago Sierra, “250 CM Line Tattooed on 6 Paid People”; “8 People Paid to Remain Inside Cardboard Boxes”; “133 Persons Paid to Have Their Hair Dyed Blonde” ; Carey Young, Body Techniques; Liam Gillick, Everything Good Goes.

T Nov. 12 Arlie Hochschild, “Exploring the Managed Heart”; film clip: Loin de 16e (NOTE: PLEASE WATCH FROM 26:20 TO 31:30) 



 Job Seeking, “Workfare” and the Moralization of Unemployment

Th Nov. 14 clips from The Apprentice and The League of Gentlemen; “Workfare — the USA Case”; Nina Power “Beyond Work” and “The Philosophy of Work”.

F Nov. 15 First draft of Paper 3 due.

T Nov. 19 no class — meetings with Graves

Th Nov. 21 Ed Park, Personal Days, 1-51

F Nov. 22 Second draft of Paper 3 due

T Nov. 26 Personal Days, through p. 190; Rob Horning, “Precarity and Affective Resistance.”

*Thanksgiving Break* No class on Nov. 28


The Intern Economy

T Dec. 3 finish Personal Days.

W Dec. 4 screening: The Internship (Wednesday PM screening TBA) or watch here.

Th Dec. 5 Ross Perlin from Intern Nation. Discuss film.

F Dec. 6 Fourth Paper Due

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