Seminar by Mythri Prasad

Title:    Touch  and  tech:  Labour  and  the  work  of  the  pandemic Abstract : The pandemic has forced capital and the state to reexamine many activities and work processes in terms of their potential to bring together people, their capacity to activate processes that would involve touch and proximity, and

Start

September 3, 2021 - 6:00 pm

End

September 3, 2021 - 7:30 pm

Title:    Touch  and  tech:  Labour  and  the  work  of  the  pandemic
Abstract :

The pandemic has forced capital and the state to reexamine many activities and work processes in terms of their potential to bring together people, their capacity to activate processes that would involve touch and proximity, and in terms of alternative modes of imagining work and consumption. In this talk, I ask: what is the specific moment- a conjuncture in the historical development in the capitalist production process- that the pandemic represents and what are the changes the pandemic has brought into labour and work? There is no single answer to this question; my project here is to think through certain tendencies that we have seen in the past few months.

Bio:

Mythri Prasad-Aleyamma is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York with interests in urban theory, labor migration, and politics of development. Among her recent publications are two articles: “Cards and Carriers: Politics of identification in Kerala, South India” in Contemporary South Asia and “The Cultural Politics of Wages: Ethnography of construction work in Kochi, India” in Contributions to Indian Sociology.