21 September 2020

Dr Leslie Barnes of the Australian National University was to join ULIP as a faculty affiliate in the autumn of 2020. The current pandemic has made it impossible for her to travel to Europe for this period of research so she transformed her project for a study day on representations and practices at the intersection between gender dynamics, labour conditions and migration into an online seminar series.The series spans the globe and draws scholars from the disciplines of cultural studies, history, international development and anthropology.

The Body at Work: Gender, Labour, Migration seminar series / Le corps à la besogne: Genre, travail, migration

What constitutes work and how is it valued? Who relocates for work – under what conditions and with what results? What are the physical and psychic effects of certain kinds of labor? Reflecting deep concerns with the reach of capital, in both its historical and contemporary forms, the aim of this seminar series is to pose questions about how bodies are identified, exploited, and displaced across different regimes of labour. From sex work to construction, from agricultural day labour to domestic services, such regimes often depend on a mass of unseen workers. They also increasingly rely on the transfer of labour power from poorer (and often formerly colonized) countries to wealthier ones. The contributors in this series seek to make visible the invisible work sustaining the new global economy and to interrogate the relationship between the free flow of capital and the limited mobility of the working poor.

Seminar Series

All seminars will take place at 12:30pm CEST (Paris), 9:30pm AEDT (Canberra), 6:30am EDT (New York)

October 6: Leslie Barnes, Australian National University

Title: Cambodia’s “Wandering Souls”: Migratory Labour and the Promise of Connection

October 20: Eva Raynal, Aix-Marseille Université

Title: Déportées, exploitées, déshumanisées: La condition féminine dans les camps de concentration nazis

November 3: Anna-Louise Milne, University of London in Paris

Title: Gendering ‘Hospitality’: Volunteer Labour and (Im)Mobile Men

November 17: Antonia Wimbush, University of Liverpool

Title: BUMIDOM: The French Dream? Caribbean Migration in Literature and Culture

December 1: Ieva Snikersproge, Institut des Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement

Title: On Emancipation and Exploitation through Unpaid Reproductive Labour: Some Evidence from Urban-to Rural Migration in France

December 15: Keynote speaker : Manuela Martini, Université Lumière Lyon 2

Title: Unpaid Work in Context(s): Labour Migration, Gender and the Varieties of Home-work


To register, please contact Leslie Barnes (