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Valeria Graziano: visiting fellowship at Leuphana University
April 2017

Valeria Graziano: visiting fellowship at Leuphana University

Valeria Graziano, ADRI Research Fellow, has been invited for a visiting fellowship at the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University, Lüneburg (DE), as part of the summer research stream on 'Operation, Work, Labour'.


Operation, Work, Labour – Summer 2017

Digital cultures are as much marked by postwork imaginaries as by a proliferation of »bullshit jobs« (David Graeber). While fantasies of automation and the subsequent end of work are resurgent, many jobs are split up into gigs or tasks managed algorithmically. At the same time many forms of digital labour are performed for free, in what is coming to be known as platform capitalism. These kinds of labour are coordinated through new media technologies that enable the operations of capital. Platforms, the ‘industrial internet of things’, or speculative technologies such as blockchains promise to raise the
efficiency of operations to new heights.

In contrast, these very media technologies are developed in settings – in software development or in the academy, for example – based on messy forms of social cooperation which betray the very technological solutionism they help proliferate. On the other hand, there are projects, such as those associated with platform cooperativism, that seek to address complex questions of reproduction and of care in redesigning and reworking these media technologies.

In the summer term 2017, the DCRL will focus on »Operation, Work, Labour« in digital cultures, in order to explore how socio-economic relations are being rearranged through digital media technologies. We will offer a lecture series exploring the operations of platforms and blockchains, the fantasies of automation and postwork, and the politics of reproduction and care. We will also offer workshops on academic labour, software development, and cooperation.