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iSlave: An Anatomy of Labor and Slavery in an Era of Digital Media
October 9, 2015 - 13:00-15:00
Open lecture with Associate Professor Jack Linchuan Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
What is slavery? How does it relate to problems of digital labor, exploitation on the assembly line, and expropriation in the data mine? In this era of Internet and smartphones, can workers form their own networks and resist the logic of capital? This talk introduces the conceptual framework of “iSlave” built upon the history and sociology of slavery as well as legal research on slavery in international law. Applying this framework, a global and long durée perspective is taken to connect the notorious 17th-century slavery system of trans-Atlantic triangular trade with 21st-century digital media enslavement, as represented by the infamous case of Foxconn — the world’s largest electronics manufacturer that employs 1.4 million workers in China.
Venue: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15B, Room Alfa 1010, Lund, Sweden.
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