The pandemic transformed our understanding of labor. Hospital workers saw dire shortages of staff and supplies, offices were emptied for “remote work,” and we watched as the already woeful conditions of our essential workers and industries worsened further. Aaron Benanav and Grace Blakeley discuss the future of work in the light of the shifts the pandemic produced, the inequalities it exacerbated, and the precarities it laid bare. Moderated by Nicole Aschoff (Verso).
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON ZOOM. FREE WITH RSVP.
Part of COVID 19 & ITS AFTERLIVES, a series sponsored by NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion, NYU’s Center for the Humanities, NYU Skirball, NYU’s Special Collections, Verso Books, n+1, and Minetta Creek Collective. Organized by David Sugarman.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Aaron Benanav is a Researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin. He previously taught at the University of Chicago and has written for the Guardian and New Left Review.
Grace Blakeley is a staff writer at Tribune, and the author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation.
ABOUT THE SERIES
This series of events considers the possibilities of the post-pandemic future. Bringing together writers, artists, curators, archivists, academics, and organizers, “COVID19 and its Afterlives,” examines how the structural dynamics that predated COVID19–precarity, vulnerability, inequality–have been exacerbated by this past catastrophic year. In inventorying our pre-pandemic social and political failures, from health care to housing to labor, policing to politics to prisons, this series hopes to help us learn the pandemic’s lessons, and works to illuminate the promises of the future.