This panel, sponsored by the Contingent Faculty Task Force, engages Bousquet’s book, How the University Works, on labor by applying his insights and analysis to our discipline of religious studies. What does this increasing reliance on contingent labor mean for religious studies? What are the dominant forms of labor for religious studies scholars? What are the conditions of labor at our institutions and in our departments? What about scholars who lack affiliation and institution? How has the increasing reliance on contingent labor impacted not only how and what we teach, but also how we produce scholarship? What might we learn when we pay attention to how the working conditions of scholars impact our discipline as a whole?
My response is titled “Academic Waste.” Come hear me yell at folks about contingent labor 🙂