Sense and Sensibility Affective Labour in Scholarly Collaboration Stefan Dormans Smiljana Antonijevic Sally Wyatt 4S Annual Meeting, Tokyo August 28, 2010
Outline Premise Theme Focus
Sources • Theoretical debates about immaterial and affective labour and knowledge economy(Marx 1861-63; Castells 1996; Hardt and Negri 2000; Terranova 2004; Fraser and Puwar 2008; Gill 2010) • Ethnographic study on collaboratories in social and economic history (Dormans and Kok2010) • Our own collaborative experience in writing this paper (reflections, emails, conversations, drafts)
Affective labour • Activities that create, sustain, and/or modify behaviour and judgements. • Can be found in formal and informal interactions between scholars (and other social actors).
Conceptual framework • Care work • Articulation work • Persuasion work • Not intended to be comprehensive or mutually exclusive. • Heuristic to draw our attention to aspects of scholarly work that often remain invisible or unspoken.
Care work • Taking care of and being careful with sources, data, texts, colleagues. • Formal (disciplinary ethical codes, peer review, promotion committees) • Informal (personal and/or institutional ‘styles of behavior’) • Example: Care of technology
Articulation work • A set of activities required to manage the distributed nature of cooperative work. • Planned (coordination of work, organisation of meetings) • Ad hoc (moderating discussions, managing staff turnover, communicating tacit knowledge) • Example: Google calender
Persuasion work • Rhetorically, the creation of knowledge is a task beginning with self-persuasion and ending with the persuasion of others (Gross 1990). • Credibility work (topic and methods) • Reputation work (outputs) • Position work (status) • Example: Increased use of computers
Discussion • Comments on existing categories? • Non-academic care, articulation, and/or persuasion work? • Additional examples? • More…
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