11. April – 14. April 2023
Panel at the ASA 2023 conference „An Unwell World? Anthropology in a Speculative Mode” at the University of London
Camelia Dewan (University of Oslo)
Rebecca Prentice (University of Sussex)
This panel explores the relationship between labour and health in industries where the lingering effects of ill-health – invisible hazardous exposure or the sustained impact of toil on workers’ mental and physical wellbeing – extend far beyond place-based boundaries of employment and their bureaucratic imaginaries. We call for papers that examine the embodiment of labour – focusing on affective and phenomenological accounts of the working body-as-lived – and theorise being ‘unwell’ in relation to the spatial and temporal politics of labour. In much of the world, the experience of labour today involves the crossing or dissolution of boundaries: precarious and informal labour arrangements, working from home and crossing of public/private boundaries as well as working in conditions where hazardous materials and invisible pathogens pollute the very air we inhale. Working bodies carry with them the ill-effects of adverse labour conditions long after the work day, as these seep as well into communities. The effects of these are unevenly distributed, as are the care burdens and labour of repair required in communities that are often shaped by state- and capital-led crises of social reproduction. Our focus on the boundary-crossing nature of working conditions today invites new reflections on permeability as a generative site for considering new possibilities for labour politics. How can attending to the boundary crossings of unwellness help us theorise alternate possibilities rooted in resistance, care, and worldmaking?
We invite papers that explore labour and health in industries where ill-health extends far beyond place-based boundaries of employment and their bureaucratic imaginaries. How can boundary crossings of unwellness help us theorise alternate possibilities rooted in resistance and worldmaking?
To propose a paper:
Proposals can be made via the ASA website until January 3rd 2023. Proposals should include a paper title, the name and addresses of author(s), a long abstract of 250 words, and a short abstract of 300 characters. On submission of the proposal, the author(s) will receive an automated email confirming receipt (make sure this is received to confirm submission), and a decision from the panel organisers will be made soon after January 3rd.
Though proposals must be made through the ASA system, the panel organisers are happy to answer questions via email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org