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August 2022

  • Friday, August 19th On the Cultural Front: Ukrainian Publishers in the Time of War

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    Friday, August 19, 202212:00PM - 1:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    The event focuses on the state of Ukraine’s publishing scene during the war with Russia. Presenters will address the main challenges Ukrainian publishers face today, their participation in book fairs and festivals, the government’s policy in the field of book publishing, and the role of Ukrainian publishers on the international stage. They will provide an overview of what is happening with Ukraine’s cultural institutions in general and with the book industry in particular.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Halyna Lystvak
    Speaker
    Lecturer, Literary editor, Independent publishing professional

    Yulliia Kozlovets
    Speaker
    Coordinator of the Festival, Book Arsenal Festival

    Iryna Baturevych
    Speaker
    Co-founder of Chytomo, the independent digital magazine for the Ukrainian publishing community

    Ksenya Kiebuzinski
    Chair
    Head of the Petro Jacyk Resource Centre, co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine at CERES, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for Euopean, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    University of Toronto Libraries


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  • Friday, August 26th Russia’s War Against Ukraine and Global Food Security

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    Friday, August 26, 202212:00PM - 1:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Janetta Azarieva is Research Fellow, The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Forthcoming book at Oxford University Press 2023: Azarieva, J., Brudny, Y., & Finkel, E. “Bread and Autocracy in Russia”

    Oleg Nivievskyi is an Assistant Professor and Vice-president for economics education at Kyiv School of Economics. Oleg has more than 18 years of international experience in applied research in agri-food product and factor markets and value chains, as well as in agri-food and regulatory policy impact. His research interest also covers spatial economics, efficiency and productivity analysis.

    Oleg is a co-founder of the Center for Food and Land Use Research at Kyiv School of Economics in 2020 and co-organizer of the first EAAE Seminar in the post-soviet region in Kyiv in 2016. Oleg also heavily contributed to several major reforms in Ukraine, including to a comprehensive land market reform and opening of the agricultural land market under the World Bank/EU Program ‘Supporting Transparent Land Governance in Ukraine’ and in the capacity of the Economic policy advisor for Reforming Investment Climate project at World Bank Group in Kyiv in 2012-18. Oleg’s country experience covers Germany, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ukraine. Oleg received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and Applied Statistics from University of Goettingen (Germany, 2010) and M.A. in Economics from Kyiv School of Economics/National University ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’ (Ukraine, 2004). He also holds a Diploma in Physics from National Kamyanets-Podilskyi University (Ukraine, 2001).

    Pavlo Martyshev is Researcher, the Center for Food and Land Use Research, Kyiv School of Economics. He specializes in applied research of agricultural markets. He received a Master’s degree in agricultural economics from the Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman (2015) and a PhD degree at the Institute of Economics and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2020). Pavlo joined Kyiv School of Economics in 2018 as a researcher of the UaFoodTrade project, organized in partnership with Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (Halle, Germany). Pavlo worked as an agricultural market analyst at ODA Ukraine and Argus Media companies. In addition, he participated in consulting projects organized by the World Bank and the German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue.

    Vitalii Dankevych is Dean of the Faculty of Law, Public Administration and National Security, Polissia National University, Ukraine, consultant of the project “Capacity Development for Evidence-Based Land and Agricultural Policy Making”, World Bank, member of Global Learning in Agriculture community (USA), the Head of the Center for Strategic Research and Extension – organization that studies the development of the agricultural sector of the economy, global food security and sustainable land use.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Oleg Nivievskyi
    Speaker
    Assistant Professor and Vice-president for economic education at Kyiv School of Economics, Center for Food and Land Use Research

    Pavlo Martyshev
    Speaker
    Researcher, the Center for Food and Land Use Research, Kyiv School of Economics

    Vitalii Dankevych
    Speaker
    Dean of the Faculty of Law, Public Administration and National Security, Polissia National University, Ukraine

    Janetta Azarieva
    Speaker
    Research Fellow Research Fellow, The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    Lucan Way
    Chair
    Professor of Political Science, co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, CERES, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for Euopean, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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September 2022

  • Thursday, September 1st Catching and Convicting Russian Spies: the Estonian Experience

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    Thursday, September 1, 202211:00AM - 12:30PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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    After the end of the Cold War espionage seemed to be something belonging to the pages of spy novels and the arrest of a former Estonian defence official in 2008 came as a shock. Since then, 20 people have been convicted for spying for Russia (more than in any other NATO country) and two for China. Based on material available on these 22 cases, the lecture aims to provide some answers to the following questions: What kind of information are the intelligence services of autocratic countries interested in? What is their modus operandi and what type of individuals are recruited? How long have the spies been active before being caught? Why have there been so many convictions in Estonia and so few in other NATO countries?

    Ivo Juurvee is Head of Security & Resilience Programme at the International Centre for Defense and Security, Tallinn, Estonia.Prior joining ICDS in 2017, Dr. Ivo Juurvee had been a practitioner in the field of security for more than 13 years. Amongst other positions in Estonian public service, he has been an adviser at the National Security and Defense Coordination Unit of the Estonian Government Office and the head of the Internal Security Institute of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences. He has also taught security related topics at the University of Tartu, Estonian Military Academy, Estonian School of Diplomacy, Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, NATO School (Oberammergau) and on the FRONTEX master’s program on border management.

    Ivo’s professional and academic areas of interest are information warfare, intelligence services and other forms of hybrid conflict. He has worked as an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies and given a guest lecture in several universities, including Stanford and Georgetown. He holds a PhD degree in history from the University of Tartu (2013) and an MA from the Central European University, Budapest (2003).

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Ivo Juurvee
    Speaker
    International Centre for Defense and Security, Tallinn, Estonia

    Andres Kasekamp
    Chair
    Elmar Tampõld Chair of Estonian Studies , Professor of History


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Chair of Estonian Studies


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  • Friday, September 9th Winning by Process: The State and Neutralization of Ethnic Minorities in Myanmar

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    Friday, September 9, 20223:30PM - 5:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 0A7
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    PLEASE NOTE: This event will be conducted in a hybrid format with limited in-person attendance and live broadcast via Zoom webinar. Please follow the registration link to either register via Eventbrite to attend the event in-person OR to access the Zoom registration to attend the event virtually.

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    Join us for the book launch of “Winning by Process: The State and Neutralization of Ethnic Minorities in Myanmar” (Cornell University Press, 2022) co-authored by Jacques Bertrand, Alexandre Pelletier, and Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung.

    Winning by Process asks why the peace process stalled in the decade from 2011 to 2021 despite a liberalizing regime, a national ceasefire agreement, and a multilateral peace dialogue between the state and ethnic minorities.


    Speakers

    Jacques Bertrand
    Speaker
    Professor of Political Science and Director of the Collaborative Master’s Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies at the Asian Institute, University of Toronto

    Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung
    Speaker
    Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

    Nick Cheesman
    Discussant
    Associate Professor, Department of Political and Social Change; Director, Myanmar Research Centre, Australian National University

    Matthew Walton
    Discussant
    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and the Asian Institute, University of Toronto

    Rachel Silvey
    Chair
    Richard Charles Lee Director of the Asian Institute and Professor in the Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto

    Alexandre Pelletier
    Speaker
    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Université Laval


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Co-Sponsors

    Department of Political Science, University of Toronto


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  • Wednesday, September 14th The Spanish Blue Division on the Eastern Front, 1941–1945: War, Occupation, Memory

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    Wednesday, September 14, 20222:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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    In 1941, the Franco regime established the Spanish Division of Volunteers to take part in the Russian campaign as a unit integrated into the German Wehrmacht. Recruited by both the Fascist Party (Falange) and the Spanish army, around 47,000 Spanish volunteers joined what would become known as the “Blue Division.”

    The Spanish Blue Division on the Eastern Front, 1941-1945 explores an intimate history of the Blue Division “from below,” using personal war diaries, letters, and memoirs, as well as official documents from military archives in Spain, Germany, Britain, and Russia. In addition to describing the Spanish experience on the Eastern Front, Xose M. Nunez Seixas takes on controversial topics including the Blue Division’s proximity to the Holocaust and how members of the Blue Division have been remembered and commemorated. Addressing issues such as the behaviour of the Spaniards as occupiers, their perception by the Russians, their witnessing of the Holocaust, their commitment to the war aims of Nazi Germany, and their narratives on the war after 1945, this book illuminates the experience of Spanish combatants and occupied civilians.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Xosé Manoel Núñez Seixas
    Professor of modern European history at the University of Santiago de Compostela


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Joint Initiative for German and European Studies


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  • Friday, September 16th Cine-Mobility: Twentieth-Century Transformations in Korea’s Film and Transportation

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    Friday, September 16, 202210:00AM - 11:30AMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Book talk:
    Cine-Mobility: Twentieth-Century Transformations in Korea’s Film and Transportation
    (Harvard University Press, 2022)

    In 1916, a group of Korean farmers and their children gathered to watch a film depicting the enthronement of the Japanese emperor. For this screening, a unit of the colonial government’s news agency brought a projector and generator by train to their remote rural town. Before the formation of commercial moviegoing culture for colonial audiences in rural Korean towns, many films were sent to such towns and villages as propaganda. The colonial authorities, as well as later South Korean postcolonial state authorities, saw film as the most effective medium for disseminating their political messages. In Cine-Mobility, Han Sang Kim argues that the force of propaganda films in Korea was derived primarily not from their messages but from the new mobility of the viewing position. From the first film shot in Korea in 1901 through early internet screen cultures in late 1990s South Korea, Cine-Mobility explores the association between cinematic media and transportation mobility, not only in diverse and discrete forms such as railroads, motorways, automobiles, automation, and digital technologies, but also in connection with the newly established rules and restrictions and the new culture of mobility, including changes in gender dynamics, that accompanied it.

    Order your copy of the book at: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674267978

    HAN SANG KIM is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Sociology at Ajou University, Suwon, South Korea. His teaching interests include visual sociology, qualitative methods, and sociology of film and media. He has conducted research and written on the themes of film archives, ethics of photographic representation, post/colonial visual culture, and mobilities. His most recent book is Cine-Mobility: Twentieth-Century Transformations in Korea’s Film and Transportation (Harvard University Asia Center, 2022) that traces the association between cinematic visuality and modern transportation mobility in forming a modern subjectivity in twentieth century Korea. He has been concurrently working on his second book project based on his doctoral dissertation on U.S. film propaganda activities towards South Korea from 1945 through 1972, putting on a self-reflexive critique of information-oriented archival approaches to film materials and expanding the project onto a methodological exploration. He has published essays in The Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Korean Studies, Inter-Asian Cultural Studies, and several other journals in Korean. He was the inaugural programmer of the Cinematheque KOFA at the Korean Film Archive in Seoul and taught at UC San Diego, Boston University, and Rice University during his postdoctoral years.

    Organized by the Centre for the Study of Korea and co-sponsored by the Cinema Studies Institute and the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto


    Speakers

    Han Sang Kim
    Speaker
    Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology at Ajou University, South Korea

    Hae Yeon Choo
    Chair
    Director of the Centre for the Study of Korea and Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for the Study of Korea

    Co-Sponsors

    Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto

    Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto


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  • Tuesday, September 20th Funding and Research Opportunities in Germany

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    Tuesday, September 20, 20224:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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    Dr. Strowa, Head of Division Knowledge Exchange and Network (S2) at German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will provide an overview of funding and research opportunities in Germany as well give a short introduction to the German research landscape.

    This event is funded by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Christian Strowa
    Head of Division Knowledge Exchange and Network, DAAD


    Main Sponsor

    Joint Initiative in German and European Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Friday, September 30th Conversation with Grace M. Cho, the Author of 'Tastes Like War'

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    Friday, September 30, 20222:00PM - 4:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 0A7
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    PLEASE NOTE: This event will be conducted in a hybrid format with limited in-person attendance and live broadcast via Zoom webinar. Please follow the registration link to either register via Eventbrite to attend the event in-person OR to access the Zoom registration to attend the event virtually.

    OR copy/paste the following links in your web browser to access registration:

    Register here to attend in-person: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/395957739257
    Register here to attend virtually: https://bit.ly/3Aa27tx

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    ABOUT THE BOOK:

    Tastes Like War

    A Korean American daughter’s exploration of food and family history, in order to understand her mother’s schizophrenia.

    Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life.
    Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. In her mother’s final years, Grace learned to cook dishes from her mother’s childhood in order to invite the past into the present, and to hold space for her mother’s multiple voices at the table. And through careful listening over these shared meals, Grace discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her—but also the things that kept her alive.

    BIO:

    Grace M. Cho is the author of Tastes Like War (Feminist Press, 2021), a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award in nonfiction and the winner of the 2022 Asian Pacific American Literature Award in adult nonfiction. Her first book, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), received a 2010 book award from the American Sociological Association. Her writings have appeared in journals such as Catapult, The New Inquiry, Poem Memoir Story, Contexts, Gastronomica, Feminist Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Qualitative Inquiry. She is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

    Organized by the Centre for the Study of Korea and co-sponsored by the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute, the Department of Sociology, the Women and Gender Studies Institute, the Department of English, and the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School, University of Toronto


    Speakers

    Grace M. Cho
    Speaker
    Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY; Author of 'Tastes Like War' (Feminist Press, 2021)

    Hae Yeon Choo
    Chair
    Director of the Centre for the Study of Korea and Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for the Study of Korea

    Co-Sponsors

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Department of Sociology

    Department of English

    Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto


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  • Friday, September 30th Tsongkhapa as a Mahāsiddha: A Reevaluation of the Patronage of the Gelukpa in Tibet

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    Friday, September 30, 20224:00PM - 6:00PMExternal Event, Jackman Humanities Building, Room 318, 170 St. George Street.
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    Pathbreakers: New Postdoctoral Research on South Asia at U of T

    Description

    Abstract:

    This paper offers a reevaluation of the early patronage of the Geluk tradition in Tibet in the fifteenth century. Due to modernist biases and an overemphasis on the Gelukpa as embodying one pole within various dichotomous formulations favored by historians of religion (for instance, as clerical rather than shamanic), existing accounts of this patronage emphasize the importance of Tsongkhapa’s virtue and erudition, leading some scholars to conclude that charisma and magical power were inconsequential to the growth of the tradition. Instead, I argue that Tsongkhapa’s status as a mahāsiddha or “great adept” of Buddhist Tantra was a primary factor in his gaining patronage from the political elites of the Pakmodrupa Dynasty. This status was mediated by the endorsement of the mahāsiddha Lhodrak Namkha Gyeltsen and then popularized in later biographical works (as well as within Tibetan paintings). This status also stimulated continuing patronage of the tradition, even after Tsongkhapa’s passing.

    BIO:

    Michael Ium is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion and Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies. He is primarily a historian of religion with specialties in Tibet and South Asia. Under the guidance of his advisor José Cabezón, the focus of his dissertation is the early history of Ganden Monastery in Tibet and how that history impacted the construction of the Geluk tradition. He recently spent two years in Nepal and South India translating dozens of classical Tibetan texts related to his dissertation.


    Speakers

    Michael Ium
    Speaker
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department for the Study of Religion and The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto

    Rory Lindsay
    Chair
    Assistant Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

    Christoph Emmrich
    Chair
    Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies; Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Religion and Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto


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October 2022

  • Tuesday, October 4th Sharp Power Influence of Russia in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond

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    Tuesday, October 4, 20225:00PM - 7:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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    Description

    The Russian invasion in Ukraine (in 2014 and 2022), and the ongoing hybrid warfare against the West made it blatantly clear that authoritarian foreign policy in general – and Russian foreign policy in particular – cannot be grasped with the concept of “soft power”. Russia used “authoritarian inflation”, skillfully puffing itself up to look more economically, politically, and militarily powerful than it actually is, exaggerating its role in other countries’ politics and public as well as in global affairs. But this is just one element of a broader toolkit that is, in contrast to classic soft power, aimed more at being feared than about being loved. This phenomenon fits a general trend among authoritarian superpowers who are increasingly using new instruments, including the most modern technology (through cyberattacks and sophisticated automated ways of disinformation), to undermine the trust and feeling of security of the citizens of other countries – and the behavior of their leaders. “Sharp power” typically involves efforts at censorship, coercion, disinformation, and the use of manipulation to sap the integrity of independent institutions. Throughout the course, we aim to reveal and analyze patterns, channels, and functions of economic, political, and informational sharp power influence using the works of leading scholars and experts in this field, as well as through case studies done in the group. The course will put a special emphasis on the Central Eastern European region, (post-socialist states that compose the “Eastern Flank” of Western Alliances, members of both EU and NATO) when analyzing patterns of sharp power. But at the same time, these techniques will be discussed in the broader context of economic and diplomatic relations on the bilateral and multilateral (EU, OSCE, NATO) levels. The course also aims to retrospectively analyze and critically evaluate the decisions of Western leaders towards Russia at crucial points to identify the obvious mistakes of foresight with the aim of drawing lessons from them

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Péter Krekó
    Executive Director, Political Capital, Hungary


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Hungarian Studies Program


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November 2022

  • Thursday, November 3rd Recoding Power: Tactics for Organizing Tech Workers

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    Thursday, November 3, 20223:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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    Description

    Digital transformation increasingly drives economic growth in the rich capitalist democracies, but orienting production around digital technologies is associated with rising inequality and spreading precarity. In Recoding Power, Rothstein outlines three tactics that workers can use to build power in the current episode of economic transition, where they otherwise lack access to traditional power resources like unions and institutions for social protection. Drawing on four in-depth case studies of workers responding to mass layoffs at tech firms in the United States and Germany, Rothstein shows how workers can develop creative tactics to “recode” management’s discursive techniques for control, transforming them from obstacles into resources for collective action. By centering workers’ lived experiences in the workplace, Recoding Power develops an account of actually existing digital transformation, illustrating how the path of capitalist development is shaped not by economic necessity, but by political creativity.

    Sidney Rothstein is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Williams College. His research focuses on the political economy of wealthy democracies in comparative perspective, especially in Europe and the United States. In particular, Rothstein examines the politics of digital transformation, seeking to explain how the transition to the knowledge economy reshapes relationships of power and patterns of inequality in different countries. He holds a BA from Reed College, a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held appointments at Haverford College, the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Sidney Rothstein
    Assistant Professor of Political Science at Williams College



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