The Guardian has two pieces today that closely relate to the topics we have been discussing this semester. In The Bad Behavior of the Richest Brooke Harrington demonstrates how the behaviors indulged in the rich are condemned or even criminalized in the poor. Did you know that the 1% not only have wealth managers, but alsoRead more about Your weekend reads: on jerks and meritocracy[…]
In the article we discussed in class yesterday, Madeleine Schwartz calls interns “the happy housewives of the working world.” To give you a better sense of just how happy (and hard) those housewives were considered to work, here’s a short film commissioned by Chevy in 1940, when the stereotypical image of the “frailer sex” hadRead more about On interns and housewives[…]
Work Love of work. The blood singing in that. The fine high rise of it into the work. A man says, I’m working. Or, I worked today. Or, I’m trying to make it work. Him working seven days a week. And being awakened in the morning by his young wife, his head on the typewriter.Read more about Work by Raymond Carver[…]
Yesterday in class we spoke about how neoliberalism has reshaped contemporary work, increasing insecurity and flexibilization. Here is an article on how internet technologies intensify these developments. Some of you also asked whether neoliberalism could be unmade, or at least fought. Nancy Fraser urges us to resist and reject the false choices presented by so-called progressive neoliberalism,Read more about Work under neoliberalism[…]
Some of the photos you posted on the blog feature anti-gentrification graffiti, but erasing a piece of street art can also make a powerful statement, as the case of this Kreuzberg mural demonstrates. As we discussed in class, gentrification is a global problem, but it doesn’t work in the same ways everywhere so it isRead more about Gentrification in Berlin and beyond[…]
Seven weeks into the academic semester, students settled in smoothly and know the ropes of their internships by now. This is what exchange student Juman Tamimi (Al-Quds Bard College) has to say about her internship with “Back on Track,” an NGO that offers tailor-made educational support to refugee children and adolescents: Working with Back OnRead more about Progress Report: Juman Tamimi at Back on Track[…]
We are beyond excited to announce that Angela McRobbie (whose book Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries we will be discussing in class next week) has kindly agreed to give a guest talk on creative economy.
As a follow-up to our discussion last Thursday, here’s a recent interview with Kathi Weeks, which provides a good overview of the main points she makes in the chapter we read. Have a look.
Judging by your blog entries, you’re quite familiar with Berlin’s public transport by now. But did you know you can explore the city on a QueerCityPass? (I just found out about this option last night.) An obligatory stop on the route supported by this ticket should be the wonderful Schwules Museum where you can notRead more about Queer City Pass[…]
As some of you may plan to go to documenta and/or the Venice Biennale this summer, I thought you may be interested in taking a quick look behind the scenes. Artnet has just reported that the curators of these big events have included their lovers in their shows. We talked in class about the different kinds ofRead more about A Love Supreme? (a final note for the summer)[…]