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Help! I’ve been historically overworked!

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 18:30 to 19:30
OUBS Events Team

As we’re pushing through yet another industrial revolution, exacerbated by the pandemic and underpinned by technology, we are leaving a trail of weary women’s bodies behind us – Caryatids of capitalist production. So how can we make sense of this present moment and what can we do to make life better for the working women of the world?

GOP logoIn this Gendered organisational practice research cluster event, leading scholar of work and social reproduction Sue Ferguson will help us make sense of these questions by guiding us through more than two centuries’ worth of theorising about women’s unpaid labour, as well as their relationship to waged labour.

Sue Ferguson

Susan Ferguson

Susan is Associate Professor Emerita at Wilfrid Laurier in Canada. She is a Marxist-Feminist scholar and activist, who has been reading, writing and thinking about social reproduction theory for many years. Her published work includes articles on feminist theory, childhood and capitalism, and Canadian political discourse. Her book, Women and Work: Social Reproduction, Feminism and Labour was published in 2020 by Pluto Press and has been translated to Spanish by Sylone/Viento Sur. Ferguson is also a member of Faculty4Palestine and on the editorial board of Midnight Sun. She is currently living in Houston, Texas.

Nela Smolovic-Jones

Dr Nela Smolovic Jones

Nela is a Lecturer in Organisation Studies at The Open University's Department for People and Organisations. Her research focuses on the interface between gender and democratic practice, especially areas such as feminist solidarity building, democratic organising, equality at the workplace and institutional forms of gendered corruption.

Nela is also the founder and director of the Gendered Organisational Practice (GOP) research cluster, which sits within the REEF academic centre of excellence. The cluster provides a space in which feminists of any gender can share insights and knowledge from academic study and practice. The cluster also includes a gendered working bodies focus, which studies the intersections between material bodies and the workplace, including the difficulties experienced by workers who menstruate, who have gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS and PMDD and who are going through the menopause.