Surplus3: Labour and the Digital

Event details

  • October 20, 2015
  • 11:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Bahen Centre for Information Technology Room BA1180 University of Toronto 40 St. George St. Toronto / Ateròn:toh Ontario M5S 2E4

Untitled-3Surplus3: Labour and the Digital

A symposium celebrating the publication of Nick Dyer-Witheford’s Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex (Pluto Press/Between the Lines)

A Letters & Handshakes event in partnership with the Digital Labour Group (University of Western Ontario).

Free and open to the public.

Please join us as we explore a conceptual vocabulary for grasping the contested intersection of labour and the digital in contemporary capitalism.

Marking the recent publication of Nick Dyer-Witheford’s book, Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex, the Surplus3 symposium will open with 3-minute talks by ten guest presenters, each of whom will speak to one concept.

These flash talks will be followed by a presentation by Dyer-Witheford and a collective conversation with our guests moderated by Alison Hearn.

Surplus3: Labour and the Digital will be followed in early 2016 by a freely distributed publication of the same title, designed by Chris Lee, and featuring work by Public Studio.

Guests + concepts
Marcus Boon: depropriation
Brett Caraway: connective action
Nicole Cohen: hustle
Deb Cowen: logistics
Nick-Dyer-Witheford: Cyber-Proletariat
datejie cheko green: intersectional solidarity
Carla Lipsig-Mummé: climate@work
Sarah Roberts: in/visibility
Kamilla Petrick: acceleration
Indu Vashist: indigenisation
Yi Wang: the wage

Moderator: Alison Hearn

Letters and Handshakes wish to thank the Digital Labour Group at the University of Western Ontario for generously supporting this project.

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