Please join us for the 2020 Ioan Davies Memorial Lecture
Thursday, November 19, 2:30–4:30pm
This year’s invited lecturer is Professor Greig de Peuter of Wilfrid Laurier University, whose research focuses on work, employment, and labour politics under contemporary capitalism. His talk, “Digital Media Unionism: A Labour Movement in the Making” addresses the value of labour organizing as an entry point to the critical study of media work and media futures. It expands on a recently completed study (with collaborator Dr. Nicole Cohen), interviewed journalists and union organizers involved in unionization campaigns at more than seventy-five publications, both digital-first outlets like Vice and BuzzFeed, as well as legacy media, including the Los Angeles Times. De Peuter’s talk traces the making of this media labour movement by mapping constitutive moments in the union formation process, revealing in turn: the working conditions and inequalities that journalists are contesting; the cultures of solidarity that sustain union drives, combat anti-unionism, and underpin contractual gains; and how newsroom employees turn their professional communicative competencies to an alternative end—to build worker power.
The Ioan Davies Memorial Lecture is an annual event at York University that brings a major intellectual figure in the areas of critical and cultural studies to York for a public lecture. It was initiated in 2000 to honour the memory of the late Ioan Davies, Professor of Sociology at York with a lecture that engaged some of the concerns of his very diverse scholarship. For more information visit the website.