This past year’s theme, “Work,” (2009-2010) asked students to interrogate the cultural construction of work from the early industrial revolution to our current economic moment, and to question how the new economy, as it develops, shapes the future conditions of work. Over the course of the year, we considered a number of overarching themes as we attempted to theorize “work” and its place in culture. For instance, we looked at terms we use to describe work (labor, career, job), personal and collective identities associated with work (unions; corporate culture; social and economic class positions; race, gender and ethnic identities), representations of work (photography, film, maps, music, literature), and theoretical interpretations of work (alienation from systems of production, gift economies).
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 12/13 (2010): 97-106.
The University of Iowa
Coughlin, Maura; Dalessio, Bill; Dean, Janet; Hasseler, Terri; Martinetti, Anthony; Nielson, Rex; Okoomian, Janice; and Walden, Elizabeth. "Roundtable on teaching "Work" as an interdisciplinary first-year college seminar." Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 12 (2010): 97-106.