Precarious Ph.D: Academic Labor and the Changing University

Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 5:00 pm
Barfield - Johnson (201)
Faculty & Staff
Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students

It is now more than two decades since academics, workers, students, and organizers first began to name the “crisis” of labor in higher education. In the years since, universities have continued to contract, reorganize, and redistribute resources in ways that have made traditional models of academic labor increasingly untenable for all but the privileged few. Long term security has been replaced by uncertainty, contingency, and precarity. In this critical roundtable conversation, panelists will discuss the impact of these changes on academic workers and students alike as they consider the past, present, and future of work in the corporate university. What have these new conditions done to the pursuit of free inquiry and the “life of the mind”? What are some strategies for challenging these arrangements, both individually and collectively? Together, we will try to imagine a different set of possibilities for life and labor in the context of the 21st century university.    

The African American Studies Graduate Affairs workshops bring together Princeton University graduate students for programming related to mentoring, advising, and support in the academic professionalization process. Workshops in the past have ranged from discussions about finding success as a woman in the academy, to exploring common pitfalls in fellowship application processes. The workshops are offered as a means to cultivate a space in which students from all corners of the University can network, collaborate, an communicate with each other about research, course work, and professional goals.  In short, this is a unit that affirms and celebrates interdisciplinary scholarship and coalition building in Princeton’s graduate community.

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