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Thursday, 06 January

162. Collective Work, Working Collectively

5:15–6:30 p.m., 409B, LA Convention Center

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession

Presiding: Cary A. DiPietro, Univ. of Toronto, Mississauga

Speakers: Elizabeth Hoffman, California State Univ., Long Beach; Maria Maisto, New Faculty Majority; Gary Rhoades, American Assn. of Univ. Professors; Nicolas Shumway, Univ. of Texas, Austin; James Turk, Canadian Assn. of Univ. Teachers

This roundtable will consider both the philosophical and practical dimensions of academic labor and explore how they are related. Specifically, how do (or should) definitions of work affect academic employment practices, and how are our employment practices dependent (or not) on our implicit and explicit definitions of academic work? To approach this topic, we are asking participants to respond to two questions: (1) What is the nature of academic work? (2) What does it mean to work collectively?

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