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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Miranda Joseph Events

THE GWSS and HISTORY DEPARTMENTS are sponsoring multiple events by Miranda Joseph next week. The first event will be Open Office Hours for Grad Students on Thursday, April 24th from 10:30am - 12:30pm in 253 Ford. The second event will be a lecture titled "Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism" and will take place on Thursday, April 24th at 4:00pm in 140 Nolte. The final event will be a workshop titled "Accounting for Interdisciplinary: Contesting Value in the Academy" and will take place on Friday, April 25th from 10:00am - 12:00pm (RSVP is required).

Miranda Joseph Events - April 24-25, 2014
Miranda Joseph is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona. She is author of Against the Romance of Community (Minnesota, 2002) and Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (Minnesota, 2014).
Thursday 4/24, 10:30am-12:30pm
Open Office Hours for Grad Students (253 Ford)
Graduate students are invited to stop by and visit with Professor Joseph during these drop-in hours. Students interested in reading an excerpt from her forthcoming Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism in advance may email Jennifer Marshall for a copy: marsh590@umn.edu
Thursday 4/24, 4:00-5:30pm
Lecture, with Reception to Follow (140 Nolte)
"Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism"
In her forthcoming book Debt to Society (Minnesota, 2014), Miranda Joseph explores modes of accounting as they are used to create, sustain, or transform social relations. Exploring central components of neoliberalism (and neoliberalism in crisis) from incarceration to personal finance and university management, Debt to Society exposes the uneven distribution of accountability within our society. Demonstrating how ubiquitous the forces of accounting have become in shaping all aspects of our lives, Joseph proposes that we offer different accounts of accounting to turn the present toward a more widely shared well-being.
Friday 4/25, 10:00am-noon
Workshop (432 STSS)
"Accounting for Interdisciplinarity: Contesting Value in the Academy"
RSVP here to receive the pre-circulated text associated with this workshop:
In this workshop, designed for faculty and graduate students, Miranda Joseph will revisit her adventures in university administration to examine the impact of accounting and accountability on academic knowledge production. We will use a chapter of Joseph's forthcoming A Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (Minnesota, 2014) as a springboard for a collective discussion; the excerpt will be pre-circulated to registered participants.
Disassembling what sometimes seems a "regime" of accounting and accountability into the miscellany of diverse, contradictory and ever changing sets of performance measures of which it is composed, Joseph suggests that there are openings for intervention and the development of alternate accounts, especially by recognizing what Randy Martin calls "derivative" or relational value. We will explore what those counter-accounts might look like and whether (and/or not) it might be possible for Foucauldian feminist cultural studies scholars to constructively engage with (rather than dismiss) particular quantitative methods. To get the discussion started, Joseph will briefly present her experiments with social network graphing to represent "impact and interdisciplinarity" in the academy, as well as her collaborative effort to rework the analysis of a longitudinal survey-based study to make new knowledge about gender and finance.
Miranda Joseph Lecture.pdf
Miranda Joseph Workshop.pdf